Danish court jails 2 Tunisians in cartoon murder plot

www.pr-inside.com - 13 February 2008

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Two Tunisians accused of plotting to kill a cartoonist who caricatured the Prophet Muhammad can be held in jail for nearly a month while authorities decide whether to deport them, a court ruled Thursday.

The Copenhagen City Court approved a request by prosecutors to keep the men in custody pending a decision on whether to extradite them without trial under Denmark's anti-terror law.

Both were arrested along with a Danish citizen of Moroccan descent in a sting operation Tuesday in Aarhus, western Denmark. Authorities said the three were plotting to murder one of the 12 cartoonists who drew caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that infuriated Muslims two years ago.

The Dane was released after questioning, but still faces preliminary charges of violating Denmark's terror law. His lawyer said the evidence in the case was weak.

Frank Wenzel, the defense lawyer for one of the Tunisian suspects, said he had appealed the 27-day custody ruling to a higher court. He said authorities had (...)