Terror conviction upheld in massacre plot in Denmark

Munir Awad and three other men residing in Sweden were convicted by a lower court of planning an attack against Copenhagen office of Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

Updated: Feb 01, 2013, 00:30 AM IST

Copenhagen: A Danish appeals court has upheld the terror conviction and 12-year prison sentence of a Swedish citizen convicted of plotting a shooting spree against a newspaper that published a blasphemous caricature.

Munir Awad and three other men residing in Sweden were convicted by a lower court last year of planning an attack against the Copenhagen office of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper. Danish authorities said they thwarted the attack when the men were arrested in late December 2010.

The Ostre Landsret appeals court on Thursday upheld the judgment against Awad, the only defendant to appeal.

It wasn`t immediately clear whether Awad would launch another appeal. Court spokesman Michael Lerche said Denmark`s Supreme Court hears such appeals only in exceptional cases.

PTI