Copenhagen bomb suspect's detention extended

4th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Danish judge extended by a month on Monday the detention of a man suspected of setting off a bomb last month in a Copenhagen hotel.

Judge Merete Engholm extended Lors Dukayev's detention in isolation until November 1 at the request of prosecutors amid an investigation in Denmark and abroad before a closed-door hearing is to be held.

Chechnya-born Dukayev, who is now a resident of Belgium, appeared in court looking dazed and ill, still bearing the marks of the explosion on his face.

His lawyer Niels Anker Rasmussen protested Dukayev's solitary confinement, telling journalists that it was "not necessary".

However, the judge sided with the prosecution, which deemed his isolation necessary for the investigation.

Dukayev, a former boxer who wore an artificial leg because he stepped on a mine when he was 12 in Chechnya, has refused to speak to investigators.

He was lightly injured on September 10 handling explosives in the bathroom at the budget Joergensen hotel in the centre of Copenhagen.

Police arrested the suspect in a park near the hotel shortly after the blast.

Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which in 2005 published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that outraged many Muslims, was likely the intended target of the bomb attack, according to Danish investigators, who believe he was acting alone.

© 2010 AFP

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