Denmark charges three for planning terror plot

Danish prosecutors on Monday charged two men and one woman for acquiring guns and chemicals for explosives believed to be intended for a "terror attack".

Three suspects will face trial on terror charges at Holbæk District Court
Three suspects will face trial on terror charges at Holbæk District Court. File photo: Signe Goldmann/Ritzau Scanpix

The three suspects, two men aged 34 and 36 and a woman aged 31, hailed from Zealand town Holbæk, according to Denmark’s Prosecution Service.

The trio were among 14 people arrested in Denmark and Germany in a February 2021 sting by Danish and German authorities, which they said foiled a potential Islamist attack.

“The three individuals had acquired several operational weapons and ammunition,” prosecutor Lise-Lotte Nilas said in a statement.

“In addition, they acquired chemicals and materials that enabled them to manufacture explosives that we believe would be used in a terror attack,” she added.

According to Danish media reports, the two men are brothers from Syria, while the woman, who is of Iraqi origin, is married to one of the men.

Prosecutors said they were not sure what the target of the plot was, only that they believed the explosives were intended to be used “at an unknown location in either Denmark or abroad.”

The three people — who were also charged with financing terror activities and aiding a person connected to the Islamic State group — were arrested on February 6th, 2021 and have been in custody since.

Prosecutors also called for the defendants, if convicted, to be deported and that the woman, who has dual citizenship, be stripped of her Danish citizenship.

The case will be tried at the Holbæk district court over 30 days, starting on August 24th, the prosecution service said.

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Denmark jails IS ‘wife’ for three years

A 35-year-old Danish woman was sentenced on Friday to three years in prison for entering Syria and promoting the Islamic State (IS) group's activities, prosecutors in Denmark said.

Denmark jails IS 'wife' for three years

During the mother of five’s trial, the prosecutor had argued that wives were a key part of IS.

“Even if you did not actively participate in the fighting, we assert that you can support the terrorist organisation by shopping in its supermarkets, by taking care of the children, by being a housewife,” prosecutor Trine Schjodt
Fogh said.

The woman, who pleaded guilty, was convicted of “having promoted the activities of IS, in particular by acting as the housewife and wife of a person who was active in the terrorist organisation,” the prosecution authority said in a statement.

She was also found guilty of having “entered and resided in al-Raqqa district in Raqqa province and Deir al-Zour province in Syria, which were defined as conflict zones during the period”.

The  woman, who is originally from the west of Denmark, arrived in Syria eight years ago, a journey she “bitterly” regrets, her lawyer Mette Gith Stage told news agency Ritzau.

“The last few years have been difficult for her, first in the caliphate, then in a prison camp and now in prison. She misses her children terribly and is eager for the case to end so that she and her children can move on,” the
lawyer said.

In October 2021, Denmark removed three women and 14 children from the Kurdish-controlled Roj camp in north-eastern Syria in a joint operation with Germany.

The three women were arrested on arrival in Denmark and have since been in detention and the trial that just ended marks the first of three.