2010 Copenhagen terror plot

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2010 Copenhagen terror plot
LocationCopenhagen, Denmark
Date29 December 2010
TargetJyllands-Posten, Copenhagen
Attack type
"Mumbai-style"
Weaponsmachine guns
Deaths0
Non-fatal injuries
0
Suspected perpetrators
5

The 2010 Copenhagen terror plot was a terrorist plot against Jyllands-Posten, the publisher of the controversial cartoons of Muhammad in 2005.[1]

Background[edit]

In December the most serious terror operation ever uncovered in Denmark before the 2015 Copenhagen shootings was thwarted by a successful cooperation between security services in Denmark and Sweden. Police, accompanied by bomb experts, conducted several raids and detained five men,[2] who were described as militant islamists.[3] Automatic weapons, together with ammunition and silencers, were seized by the police. Plastic strips to use as handcuffs were also found.

The terrorists alledegly plotted to conduct a "Mumbai-style" attack on Jyllands-Posten to revenge the 2005 publishing of the cartoons portraying Muhammad as a terrorist.[1][4]

Investigation[edit]

As suspects they had been under surveillance for an extended period of time and the arrests were the result of a long investigation.[5] The group travelled to Copenhagen 27 December 2010, Zalouti changed his mind the way to Denmark and returned to Järfälla. Police arrested the group 28 December 2010 in Copenhagen and Zalouti was arrested on the same day in Sweden.[6]

Convictions[edit]

The men are charged with attempted terrorism and unlawful possession of weapons (a machine gun with silencer, a pistol and more than 100 cartridges).[7][8] 4 June 2012 the four named above were convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison.[9]

Munir Awad[edit]

Munir Awad, 29, Lebanese-born Swedish national. He received a sentence of 12 years in prison. He was silent during the proceedings of the lower instance (Danish: Byret), but told his version of events in the next instance (Danish: Landsret). The state prosecutor demanded a 14 year sentence, while a lay judge recommended a 10 year sentence. The judges and the other lay judges chose a sentence of 12 years.[10]

While in prison he attempted to contact others by connecting other participants to a phonecall with his wife, thereby attempting to communicate with people he was forbidden to contact. According to the Swedish Prison and Probation Service, Awad has a network of contacts among radicalized individuals. He was religiously active in the prison attempted to radicalize inmates.[1]

Others[edit]

  • Omar Abdalla Aboelazm, 30, Swedish-Egyptian origin who had a previous conviction for sexual assault.[11] While detained in Denmark he was suspected of planned new attacks as police found instructions to construct weaponry in his cell along with plans of public places.[12] After being transferred to Swedish prison, he received a number of warnings for refusing to work and disorderly conduct.[13]
  • Mounir Dhari, 44, Tunisian national. While incarcerated, Dhari attempted to radicalize his inmates. He was also noted for disorderly conduct by starting calls to prayer at high volume. He received several warnings for death threats against fellow inmates and prison staff. Among those were "I swear I shall kill you by Allah" to a fellow inmate along with "fucking homosexual" and "I am going to fuck you". [1]
  • Sahbi Zalouti, 37, Tunisian origin, Swedish national was arrested in Järfälla, Sweden.[14] Zalouti received several warnings by prison authorities for disorderly conduct, threats and violence and refusing to work. As a consequence he has at times been put in isolation.[1]
  • NN, 26, Iraqi - arrested in Greve, later released though suspicions remained.[15]

Munir Awad was previously arrested in Pakistan in 2009 on suspicions of terrorism, together with Mehdi Ghezali, a former Guantanamo-detainee. Notably, Munir Awad is the son-in-law of Helena Benaouda, head of the Muslim Council of Sweden.[16] This led some Swedish newspaper editors to question Benaouda's role as head of one of the country's largest Muslim organization.[17][18] The suspects' various ties to the Stockholm Grand Mosque also stirred up some media attention.[19][20]

Sahbi Zalouti has also been previously arrested in Pakistan in 2009 on suspicions of terrorism, roughly at the same time as Munir Awad though not together.

Reactions[edit]

  •  SwedenAbd al Haqq Kielan, the imam at the Sabirin Mosque in Eskilstuna said in an interview that "These people do things that are explicitly forbidden in Islam. They make our religion to appear cruel and brutal." The imam also said that "the prophet is very clear on this: A muslim must not be unloyal to the country one lives in, much less the country that received you, given you a visa, residence permit and protection when one most need it."[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  17. ^ Sluta blunda Archived 2011-01-03 at the Wayback Machine., editorial in Expressen 31 December 2010
  18. ^ Krönika: Svärmodern som inget såg Archived 2011-01-11 at the Wayback Machine., Lars Kriss in Södermanlads Nyheter, January 4, 2011
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  21. ^ "Det är perverst att de kallar sig muslimer". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). 1 January 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-01-04. Retrieved 1 January 2011.

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