Four charged with terrorism for aiding Copenhagen gunman

Four men have been charged with terrorism for aiding a gunman who carried out deadly attacks in Copenhagen a year ago, Danish prosecutors and the justice minister said Wednesday.

The terrorism charges were linked to the second of two attacks in which Omar el-Hussein killed a young Jewish man at the Danish capital's main synagogue on February 15. Two police officers were also injured.

El-Hussein was later shot dead by police outside his apartment in the city.

The first shooting was on February 14, when a Danish filmmaker was killed by el-Hussein at a freedom of speech event in Copenhagen. The event was also attended by controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has received death threats for satirizing the Prophet Mohammed in cartoons.

Prosecutors said they were confident they could prove that the four men had aided el-Hussein "in various ways" after the shooting at the freedom of speech event.

The men have denied charges of being accessories to murder and attempted murder.

They face life imprisonment if convicted of terrorism. The trial is due to open on March 10.

A fifth suspect was released in January after being held for almost a year. He was not charged with terrorism, the prosecutors said.

Last update: Wed, 03/02/2016 - 21:33
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