It takes a nation to protect the nation
By Rob Cooper
Four alleged terrorists targeted Danish Crown Prince Frederik as part of their planned revenge attack on a newspaper that printed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, a court heard today.
The suspects intended to attack the offices of Politiken in a Mumbai-style terror attack when the crown prince was handing out awards, it was claimed.
The men were arrested on their way to the ceremony which eventually took place at the paper as planned.
Terror target: Crown Prince Frederik, pictured with his wife Princess Mary, was to be the target of a Mumbai-style terror attack during a visit to the offices of Politiken
The four men - three Danish citizens and one resident of Sweden - are accused of terrorism and illegal possession of weaponry.
Prosecutor Henrik Plaehn said the alleged terrorists were linked with Pakistan, a point he would try to prove during the trial.
A lawyer for one of the accused, Mounir Ben Mohamed Dhahri, said today before the trial that his client would plead guilty to having weapons but would deny the terrorism charge.
Terror target: The newspaper's offices in Copenhagen where the defendant's were to open fire, the court was told
High security: A car carrying one of the four defendants arrives in a secure area outside the court in Copenhagen, Denmark today
Three of the four accused were arrested in December 2010 while they were allegedly on their way to carry out Mumbai-style shooting at the Jyllands-Posten newspaper that published 12 cartoons of the prophet in 2005.
The fourth defendant, Sabhi Ben Mohamed Zalouti, left the car while it was en route and returned to Stockholm, where he was arrested the same day as the others.
Surrounded by heavily armed police, the four men were led in handcuffs into the media-packed courtroom just outside the capital of Copenhagen.
The men - Dahri, Zalouti, Munir Awad and Omar Abdalla Aboelazm - could face 16 years in prison if found guilty, while prosecutors are expected to ask that the men be deported from Denmark after serving their sentence.
Top security: Danish police secure the entrance to the court as an evidence box is carried in today before four men stood trial on terror charges
Awad, Aboelazm and Zalouti are likely to plead not guilty to both the terrorism and weapons accusations.
Swedish security police had been monitoring the group for months. After the arrest, Danish security officials described the men as 'militant Islamists with relations to international terror networks.'
News of the group's alleged attack plans sent a tremor through the largely peaceful Danish society, which is attempting to lay to rest the 2005 cartoon debacle.
The trial will last approximately two months, with a verdict expected in mid-June.
Early in 2011, a Danish court declared a Somali man guilty of terrorism for breaking into the home of a Danish cartoonist who had caricatured the Prophet.
Wielding an ax, the man entered Kurt Westergaard's home in the northwestern town of Aarhus, though the cartoonist avoided injury by locking himself inside a panic room. The Somali man was eventually sentenced to nine years in prison.
Terror case: Defence lawyer Kaare Traberg Smidt talks to the media outside the court in Copenhagen
The crazy thing about this, is the Danish media (or even the Danish muslims) could point out that the Motoons episode was fabricated by a group of imams. It is the muslims who drew the cartoon of Mo with a pig's head, or the cartoon that explicitly calls Mo a paedophile -- those muslims should be the ones that these muslims are trying to kill.
While "moderate muslims" do not get informed and get active on these issues, then we have to hold all muslims responsible for the declining harmony in our countries.
It appears they just want any reason to stick it to the kuffar. I wonder, where on earth could they have learned such hatred?
'I wonder, where on earth could they have learned such hatred?'
Joe, I know you are probably asking a rhetorical question but for those who do wonder, wonder no longer!
Qur'an 60:4 YUSUFALI: There is for you an excellent example (to follow) in Abraham and those with him, when they said to their people: "We are clear of you and of whatever ye worship besides Allah: we have rejected you, and there has arisen, between us and you, enmity and hatred for ever,- unless ye believe in Allah and Him alone": But not when Abraham said to his father: "I will pray for forgiveness for thee, though I have no power (to get) aught on thy behalf from Allah." (They prayed): "Our Lord! in Thee do we trust, and to Thee do we turn in repentance: to Thee is (our) Final Goal.
PICKTHAL: …And there hath arisen between us and you hostility and hate for ever until ye believe in Allah only…
SHAKIR: …we declare ourselves to be clear of you, and enmity and hatred have appeared between us and you forever until you believe in Allah alone…
I just noticed that if convicted these four face 16 years behind bars followed by deportation.
The story does not say so, but seems to be assuming that they are immigrants and not citizens? What if they turn out to be citizens? Also if they are deported are they to live free lives in their home country? Most likely.
At the end of the story we learn that the ax-wielding Somali man who attempted to murder Kurt Westergaard (and I think his grand daughter who was with him at the time) was sentenced to nine years in prison.
Nine years only and then this man will be let out as if his debt is paid and no longer presents a danger to Kurt Westergaard.
So 9 years in one case, and 16 years in this one, for another attempted murder (if convicted).
Murder is the most serious of crimes and because these Muslims failed in their objective I believe they should be treated as if they succeeded and sentenced accordingly. The intentions are all important here. There are zero mitigating circumstances. Like Roshanna Choudry, who attempted to murder MP Stephen Timms, these people have zero remorse and regrets. So why should they be free at all, ever?
The sentences are pathetic. Not to mention parole. It is likely that none of them will serve more than half of those stated sentences.
But this is exactly what Breivik calculated on. I can't remember if he said it in an interview, or in his Compendium. Somewhere he states that he will get no more than 20 or 25 years, and then he will be out. Like the muslim terrorists, Breivik wanted his act to be sensational and exemplary. He had a good tutor: Mohammed. As the hadith says: "I was made victorious through terror".
These terrorists want others to emulate them. So did Breivik. It is undoubtedly the shape of the future. And the politicians and media made sure that we had 3 generations of muslims in europe, with no mandate from the populous, and the truth about islam was deliberately obscured. The debates going on about islam now, should have been going on in the 1950s. Sixty years this problem has been allowed to become entrenched. It is no wonder Alan thinks that Europe is gone.
All of these terrorists should be summarily executed on national TV. Their families should have all property confiscated, and if they have dual nationality, they should be deported.
After all the deaths, all the attempted murders, and still the media don't discuss that the Motoons (the alleged motivation for these revenge attacks), were fabricated. Let's see these terrorists take out the muslim cartoonists - it is surely a far greater crime for believers to draw and mock Mohammed, than for the kuffar.
Or maybe not.