Yahya Hassan's lawyer said he was happy to just have the case over with. Photo: Kim Haugaard/Scanpix
Hassan, who rocketed to stardom upon the release of his self-titled collection of poems, was hit with a 40,000 kroner fine and had his car and motorcycle confiscated.
Hassan has been in police custody since his March 21st arrest in Aarhus
, which capped off a wild period in which the celebrity poet posted a serious of videos on Facebook appearing to show him in open and ongoing conflicts with immigrant gangs.
Hassan became a controversial and outspoken figure in Denmark’s fraught debate on Islam and immigration upon the 2013 release of his poetry collection. It has sold more than 120,000 copies and made him the country’s best-selling debut poet.
It also put him squarely in the cross hairs of Islamists and at the centre of a number of physical altercations. In November 2013, Hassan was assaulted in Copenhagen Central Station by a then 24-year-old man who attacked the poet for being an “infidel”.
Hassan did not appeal his sentence on Friday and his lawyer, Michael Juul Eriksen, said he was happy to have a sense of closure.
“He was very happy and told me that we will accept it [the sentence],” Eriksen told news agency Ritzau, adding that he believes his client will be released after serving eight months since he has already spent so much time in police custody.
Hassan’s publisher, Gyldendal, said it would continue to work with the poet.
“It’s sad to think that Yahya Hassan will now be in prison. I don’t have any comment on the verdict itself, but it’s good that there is now a decision in the case,” Gyldendal’s literary director, Johannes Riis, told Ritzau.
Riis said that the publisher has not received a manuscript for Hassan’s follow-up but “looks forward to reading it”.