Four men accused of plotting a shooting spree at the offices of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper have gone on trial in Denmark. They face around 16 years in prison if found guilty on charges of terrorism and possession of illegal arms.
Prosecutors described the three Swedish citizens and one Tunisian as “Islamic militants who wanted to frighten Danish society”. They have called for the men to be expelled from Denmark after serving their sentences.
All four have pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges, although one has admitted possession of illegal arms.
The men were arrested in December 2010 three days before they had allegedly plotted a deadly attack at the offices of the best-selling Danish
newspaper, which outraged many Muslims in 2005 when it published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
Denmark’s state security police said the attack was supposed to be similar to one in Mumbai in 2008, when 10 Pakistani Gunmen killed 166 people in a three day coordinated assault. In the same year Danish media outlets caused further controversy when they republished the cartoons as a mark of solidarity.