The terror trial of four Swedes accused of plotting a revenge attack on a Danish newspaper that printed caricatures of the prophet Muhammad has started in Denmark.
Surrounded by heavily armed police, the four defendants – three citizens and one resident of Sweden – were led in handcuffs into the courtroom packed with journalists, just outside Copenhagen. They are accused of terrorism and illegal possession of weaponry.
The men – Munir Awad, Omar Abdalla Aboelazm, Mounir Ben Mohamed Dhahri and Sabhi Ben Mohamed Zalouti – could face 16 years in prison if found guilty. Prosecutors were expected to ask that the men be deported from Denmark after serving any sentence.
Henrik Stagetorn, a lawyer for Dhahri, the Swedish resident, said before the trial that his client would plead guilty to the weapons violation but not guilty to the terrorism charge.