This is how Danish law defines terrorism

Eight people face preliminary court proceedings on Thursday after a major police operation which spanned the country.

This is how Danish law defines terrorism
Police and security at Copenhagen City Court on Thursday. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

20 people were arrested in a major anti-terror operation at several locations in the country, with a number of the arrested individuals suspected of terrorism offences.

Eight of the arrested individuals appeared for preliminary court proceedings on Thursday.

Some of the arrested individuals had “acquired components for making explosives or attempted to acquire firearms”, Copenhagen Police chief inspector Jørgen Bergen Skov said at a press briefing on Wednesday evening.

The eight individuals – two women and six men – will be charged under the most serious terror provisions in Denmark’s criminal code, for which the maximum punishment is lifetime imprisonment. The remaining 12 were expected to be released.

Denmark’s criminal law clause 114, part one – known as the ‘terror paragraph’ – states the following:

  • Actions such as murder, attempted murder, violence, arson and kidnapping will be viewed as terrorism if their intention is to seriously frighten the public.
  • Punishment can also be given under the terrorism clause for “illegally forcing Danish or foreign public authorities to carry out or fail to carry out an act, or destabilizing or destroying a country’s or international organization’s fundamental, political, constitutional, economic or societal structures”.
  • The maximum punishment is lifetime imprisonment.
  • Additionally, paragraph 114b provides for terror charges against a person who directly or indirectly gives financial support to a person, group or associates who commit or intend to commit acts encompassed by the terror paragraph.
  • Up to ten years in prison can be given for conviction under clause 114b.

Source: Straffeloven


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Denmark says 450 extra police officers will strengthen response to rape, assault and break-ins

Victims of violence and rape in Denmark are Monday today guaranteed police offers will be dispatched to assist if they need acute help.

A file photo of a police motorcycle. A new Danish police guarantee requires officers to be dispatched to attend all reports of assault and rape as well as locations of break-ins.
A file photo of a police motorcycle. A new Danish police guarantee requires officers to be dispatched to attend all reports of assault and rape as well as locations of break-ins. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

Police are also now required to attend addresses within 24 hours after reports of a break-in.

The new standards are included in a new “police guarantee” confirmed by the Ministry of Justice in a statement. The guarantee was included in the police funding bill voted through by parliament in December 2020.

Justice minister Nick Hækkerup said that police can meet that guarantee, pointing to the provision in the police bill to add 450 officers to Denmark’s police forces during the course of 2021, 2022 and 2023.

But the trade union for the police, Politiforbundet, says that the total police force must be increased by 5,000 officers if the guarantee is to be lived up to.

“I am completely confident in relation to the extra resources which will be added to the police in coming years being enough to fulfil the guarantee,” Hækkerup said.

“I want to see their calculations,” the minister said in relation to the police union’s number.

“That is equivalent to us needing to increase our police staffing by 50 percent to be able to meet the guarantee we have set,” he added.

The police union has also criticised the guarantee because they see it could result in other tasks being delayed.

“Then there wouldn’t be enough resources for tasks like domestic incidents, traffic accidents and mentally ill member of the public,” the union’s leader Heino Kegel said.

Hækkerup rejected the suggestion resources would be pulled away from other areas.

“It’s not as if this is a completely new task. It’s a task we already undertake,” he said.

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