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Charges 'imminent' for Swedish terror suspects

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Charges 'imminent' for Swedish terror suspects
14:29 CET+01:00
Danish prosecutor Helene Schröder said on Monday that charges will soon be filed against the four men from Sweden suspected of planning a terrorist attack against Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in Copenhagen in December 2010.

”I think that charges could be filed in December or January,” Schröder told news agency TT.

Three of the men, Munir Awad, Omar Abdalla and Mounir Dhahri were arrested in Copenhagen on December 29th last year.

The men were based in Sweden and had travelled over to Denmark by car the night therefore they were arrested in Copenhagen.

A fourth, Sahbi Zalouti, was later apprehended by police in Sweden. He was subsequently extradited to Denmark.

The four men are under suspicion for preparing what Danish officials called a plan to "kill as many people as possible" in an assault on the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands-Posten daily.

Jyllands-Posten published a dozen cartoons in 2005 of the Prophet Muhammad that triggered violent and sometimes deadly protests around the world.

It has since been the target of many foiled attacks.

According to Schröder, the matter must first pass through the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (Rigsadvokaten), the special international crimes office (Statsadvokaten) and the Danish ministry for justice (Justitsdepatementet).

Therefore she is still unable to say exactly when charges will be filed.

”I don't know how long it will take for it to pass through the system,” she said.

But even after charges have been filed, there may be some time before the actual trial can be held, according to Schröder.

”Maybe in April, May or even June. There are many defence lawyers involved and the date has to suit them all,” she said to TT.

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