Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

12 Years + Extradition = Guilty on Terrorism Charges = Preparation Of Letter Bomb In Denmark

Posted by Info on 01/06/2011

Lors Doukaev, a Belgian citizen born in Chechnya, was arrested on Sept. 10 after he accidentally set off a small blast at the Hotel Jorgensen in central Copenhagen, injuring only himself.

A Chechen native was jailed for 12 years for triggering an explosion while preparing a letter bomb to send to a Danish newspaper that had stirred controversy with cartoons of the prophet Muhammad.
The Copenhagen court held that Doukaev aimed to send a letter bomb made of acetone peroxide, also known as TATP, to the daily Jyllands-Posten, whose caricatures of the prophet sparked Muslim furor and violent protests in 2005 in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The court said Doukaev would be deported after serving time in prison in Denmark. A decision was yet to be made about how many years he would spend in a Danish prison before deportation.

Doukaev, a former boxer who had lived for years in Belgium and whose right leg is amputated below the knee, had pleaded not guilty to the terrorism charges. The bomb went off when Doukaev was handling it in the hotel bathroom after he had packed it together with steel shot into envelopes he meant to send to the newspaper, the court said. He suffered only slight injuries to his face and arm.

“There is a big difference from cases where one prepares bombs that can hurt a large number of people and this case where, in the worst case, it would have hurt the person opening the letter,” Doukaev’s lawyer Niels Anker Rasmussen said.


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