Danish parliament creates prize to honour Copenhagen shooting victims

The Danish parliament Thursday announced it has created an honorary award in memory of two men killed by a gunman in Copenhagen a year ago.

Lawmakers said the award, worth 200,000 kroner (30,000 dollars), was to be given to a civilian "who has shown extreme bravery" and who died in an attempt to save others.

Initial recipients were Danish filmmaker Finn Norgaard and Dan Uzan.

Norgaard was killed on February 14, 2015, by gunman Omar el-Hussein at a freedom of speech event in Copenhagen when he tried to stop the gunman.

Uzan, a young Jewish man, was killed at the Danish capital's main synagogue on February 15. El-Hussein was later shot dead by police outside his apartment in the city.

A date was pending for when the ceremony for Norgaard and Uzan was to be held.

The prize would not be annual and given a year after an event. It was in commemoration of those who had tried to protect or save others during a politically motivated attack, an act of terrorism or an attack on Denmark's open society, parliament said.

Parliament speaker Pia Kjaersgaard said she hoped it would be "the first and only time it would be handed out, and that Denmark would never again be affected by an event that gives grounds for the award."

The speaker and four deputy speakers were to select the recipient based on proposals from lawmakers.

A trial is due to open next month where four men have been charged with terrorism for aiding el-Husssein.

Last update: Thu, 11/02/2016 - 17:50
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