Suspected Danish bomber charged with terrorism

21st December 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Danish prosecutor on Tuesday charged a man suspected of being responsible for a blast at a Copenhagen hotel in September with "terrorism."

"Police have extended the charges to include terrorism and attempted murder," the Copenhagen police said in a statement.

"The extension of charges was made possible by the technical investigation and the results of the investigation in Belgium" in which new details were found on the suspect's computer, police prosecutor Jens Rasmussen told AFP.

The suspect -- Lors Dukayev, born in Chechnya in 1986 and a resident of Liege in Belgium -- was arrested in September shortly after he set off a small blast in a central Copenhagen hotel, probably by accident.

He was then charged with illegal possession of explosives and putting in danger the lives of people around him.

Dukayev has denied the charges and refused to collaborate with police.

According to Rasmussen, he took the bomb with him from Belgium and then decided to transform it into a parcel bomb.

"For one reason or another, he could not or would not use the bomb, and made another with that one. He transferred the explosives from one bomb to another," he said.

Investigators have said the trapped parcel was most probably destined to the Jyllands-Posten daily, which in September 2005 published controversial drawings of Prophet Mohammed that ignited protests across the Muslim world.

Danish police has requested the suspect's detention period be prolonged and said it hoped to complete the investigation in February.

A state prosecutor will then decide if the case is to go to trial.

Dukayev, who lost a leg after being struck by a landmine in Chechnya when he was 12 years old, was lightly wounded when the rigged package exploded in his hands in the budget Joergensen hotel in central Copenhagen.

The former boxer was arrested in a nearby park where he had hidden after the blast.

© 2010 AFP

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