MD: 46, Tunisian national living in Stockholm
SZ: Swedish of Tunisian extraction living in Stockholm
OA: 31, Swedish living in Stockholm
MA: 31, Swedish of Lebanese extraction living in Stockholm
The Municipal Court in Glostrup has returned a unanimous guilty verdict on
four men from Sweden on charges of terrorism and attempted terrorism, and
has sentenced each of them to 12 years in prison.
The court found that Sahbi ben Mohamed Zalouti, Mounir ben Mohamed Dhahri,
Munir Awad and Omar Abdalla Aboelazm should have equal sentences.
The prosecution had called for differentiated sentences of between 14 and 16
years in prison for members of the group.
The court found it proven that the group of four drove from Stockholm to
Copenhagen on December 28, 2010, bringing weapons, ammunition, plastic
handcuff strips and ammunition with them. One of their number – SZ - left
the vehicle while it was still in Sweden, but was later extradited to
Denmark to face charges.
Court President Katrine B.B. Eriksen said the court found it “proven that they
intended to kill”.
According to politiken.dk’s reporter in court, there was no reaction from the
four accused, two of whom were in restraining belts, as the verdict was read
Eriksen said the four had been found ‘not guilty’ on two charges of weapons
possession on technical grounds, but the secondary verdict on weapons
possession would not influence sentencing, which is due later in the day.
The court found it proven that although SZ left the vehicle while on its way
to Denmark and returned to Stockholm, he had been actively involved in plans
to commit terrorism.
According to the prosecution the group’s plan was to enter the JP/Politikens
Hus building on Town Hall Square in Copenhagen with a silenced machine gun,
a pistol and 200 plastic strips to be used to handcuff employees.
The group was then to kill as many people as possible. If the group was unable
to get into the publishing house, it was to break into a random house and
kill as many as possible.
It was on December 29, 010 that the Danish Security and Intelligence Agency
arrested three of the group in an apartment in Herlev, while the fourth was
arrested in Stockholm.
Three of those arrested have Swedish nationality while the fourth holds a
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