Danish man faces terror charge over Facebook post

A 19-year-old Aarhus man is being charged with threatening terrorist acts for comments he made on Facebook, the Justice Ministry said on Wednesday.

Danish man faces terror charge over Facebook post
The man's trial is scheduled to start next week. Photo: Colourbox
According to the man’s indictment, he posted videos to Facebook that were produced by the terror group Isis and showed scenes of murder. 
In comments posted along with the videos, the man wrote threats in English and Arabic that targeted “infidels” “lapsed [Muslims]” and “spies”. 
The 19-year-old has now been charged with threatening to commit terror at Justice Minister Søren Pind’s request. 
“In recent years, we have seen a powerful increase in propaganda online that sympathizes with terrorists. We cannot accept that. It’s important that the authorities are vigilant and ensure that these types of threats are met with consequences,” Pind said in a statement. 
Public prosecutor Jan Reckendorff that the case against the 19-year-old is “unusual”. 
“It has only happened very rarely that the public prosecutor’s office has filed charges against a person for threatening terror. The public prosecutor believes that the 19-year-old’s serious threats on Facebook were made with the intention of seriously frightening the public,” he said. 
The case against the man is scheduled to get underway in Aarhus on May 18th. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison. 


Denmark strips dual national of citizenship after terror conviction

A court in Denmark jailed a dual Danish-Turkish national for 10 years on Tuesday and stripped him of his citizenship for "planning a terrorist attack".

Denmark strips dual national of citizenship after terror conviction
The court at Frederiksberg ruled a 24-year-old man must be stripped of his Danish citizenship following a conviction on terrorism charges. Photo: Ólafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix

The 24-year-old — who was not named by the court — will serve his prison sentence in Denmark, but will then be deported to Turkey upon release, the court in Frederiksberg said in a statement.

The man, a native of Copenhagen, had been under surveillance by the intelligence services and was arrested in April 2020 immediately after purchasing a gun and ammunition. 

The police had found a flag of the Islamic State group in his home. 

Prosecutors had demanded a jail term of 12 years and had charged him with purchasing weapons and ammunition “with the intent of perpetrating one or more terrorist attacks”.

The potential targets were not revealed.

After the man is deported, he will be banned for life from entering Danish territory. 

“I think he’s been in Turkey fewer times than many other Danish people,” his lawyer, Rolf Gregersen, told the court.

“Denmark must take responsibility for him once he was awarded Danish citizenship. They can’t just stick a postage stamp on his back and send him on his way,” the lawyer was quoted by the Danish news agency Ritzau as saying. 

The Danish intelligence services, which have foiled a number of attacks in recent years, categorise the risk of an attack against Denmark as “serious”, six years after an Islamist-motivated double attack in Copenhagen left two people dead.