Copenhagen blast suspect found guilty of terrorism

30th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Chechen-born man arrested after a blast at a hotel in the Danish capital last year was on Monday found guilty of attempted terrorism, a Copenhagen court ruled.

The three judges and six jurors unanimously found Lors Dukayev, a 25-year-old former boxer, guilty of attempted terrorism, following what the prosecution described as a failed attack on the Jyllands-Posten daily.

The newspaper first published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2005, leading to an outcry in the Muslim world.

"He had a bomb ready to use, which exploded at the wrong time and the wrong place, and which was supposed to be sent by mail to Jyllands-Posten," prosecutor Rikke Jensen said in her closing statement ahead of the verdict.

Dukayev, who lost a leg after reportedly being struck by a landmine in Chechnya when he was 12 years old, was arrested last September 10 shortly after mistakenly setting off a small blast in the budget Joergensen hotel in the centre of the Danish capital.

Dukayev, who was the only one injured in the explosion, has denied any links to terrorism but did admit to making a bomb for "self defence".

He vehemently rejected that he had been planning to send the rigged package to the Jyllands-Posten daily, which has been the target of numerous attack plots since it first published 12 controversial caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

Dukayev, who was also found guilty of illegal use of explosives, risks a prison sentence of up to 12 years behind bars.

The court was expected to announce his sentence Tuesday.

© 2011 AFP

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