Copenhagen terror suspects kept in custody

The three men from Sweden who are suspected of planning a terrorist attack against Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in Copenhagen will remain in custody for at least another four weeks.

Copenhagen terror suspects kept in custody

They will also be kept in isolation, the court decided in Glostrup, Denmark. Prosecutor Helene Schröder’s demand that the men should remain in custody for another four weeks was granted by the court.

Heavily armed police in bulletproof vests guarded the district court in Glostrup where the detention deliberations were held, according to news agency TT on Thursday.

Visitors who wished to follow the open parts of the hearing had to undergo extensive security controls and were forced to deposit both computers and telephones. The men, who were arrested on December 29th, have consistently denied the charges.

None of the suspects spoke during the hearing, carried out with a Swedish interpreter, Schröder told TT. She added that given the present situation, it is very difficult to estimate how long the investigation will take.

The requirement for continued isolation is because the case involves a serious crime, she explained.

“It is because the crime is so serious in nature. We do not want information to either leak in or out of jail,” said Schröder.

The investigation is being conducted with close contact with Swedish police and prosecutors.

“The cooperation is going very well. We have worked together on many major investigations now and have started to get a feel for each other’s legal systems,” said Schröder.

Lawyer Charlotte Møller Larsen is defending one of the suspects. The man spoke with her, but otherwise remained silent during the hearing.

“He says that he is innocent and he has no explanation as to why he was in Denmark at the time,” she said.

She also attempted to remove the condition for detention in isolation, but was unsuccessful.

“It is a tough strain to sit isolated, but he is managing it well,” said Møller Larsen.

It is unlikely that any extraditions will take place at the present time, neither of the three men detained in Denmark to Sweden or the man who currently held in Stockholm to Denmark, according to Schröder.

None of the three suspects’ friends or relatives were present. However, there was a massive police presence in place.


Who will take Scandinavian bragging rights in the ‘Battle of the Öresund Bridge’?

FC Copenhagen fans have arrived in their hundreds in the Swedish city of Malmö, which is 30 minutes by train from Copenhagen. The two cities go head-to-head tonight in the UEFA Europa League.

Who will take Scandinavian bragging rights in the 'Battle of the Öresund Bridge'?
FC Copenhagen fans in Malmö. Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark's league champions FC Copenhagen (FCK in local parlance) are up against Malmö FF in the competition’s group stage, in an unusual meeting between the two geographically-close clubs.

FCK go into the match as arguable favourites, given their position as the richest club in Scandinavia and record as six-time Danish champions within the last ten years.

But the Swedish side will also fancy their chances, having won their own league, the Allsvenskan, five times in the last decade.

Danish midfielder Anders Christiansen, who crossed the Öresund to play for Malmö in 2016, said that his side were in prime position to challenge FCK for the claim of being Scandinavia’s best team.

“There has been a lot of talk about who is the biggest club in Scandinavia. If we say it’s FCK, I’d also say Malmö is right behind. And you also can’t leave out (Norwegian team) Rosenborg,” Christiansen told TV2 Sport.

Although the two cities are only around 45 kilometres apart and a train journey between them takes no more than half an hour, the Malmö-FCK match is a very rare occurrence, since each team competes in its national league.

In general, the chance for a bit of cross-Öresund (or should that be Øresund?) rivalry doesn’t come up particularly often.

In May, Malmö's Turning Torso tower retained its status as the tallest building in the Öresund region, after Copenhagen's city government rejected plans for a 280 metre tower.

That aside, bragging rights are completely up for grabs in the sporting meeting between the cities.

Thursday’s match kicks off at 9pm in the Skåne city, with the return to be played at Copenhagen’s Parken on December 12th.

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