Denmark appeals court docket provides jail sentences to Iran nationals convicted of terrorism and espionage – JURIST


The Danish Japanese Excessive Court docket upheld on Friday the conviction of three Iranian nationals discovered responsible of selling terror and espionage, and handed down jail phrases to the convicted Iranians. 

The three Iranian males, who’re believed to belong to the Arab Battle Motion for the Liberation of Ahvaz, have been arrested in February 2020 in reference to a lethal attack on a army parade within the Iranian metropolis Ahvaz in September 2018. They have been arrested in Ringsted, a city exterior the Danish capital of Copenhagen. 

The boys initially appeared earlier than the District Court docket in Roskilde in February 2022, the place they have been found guilty of financing and making an attempt to finance terrorism, in addition to gathering intelligence on people and organizations in Denmark and Iranian army affairs, which they subsequently handed on to Saudi intelligence providers. 

The Japanese Excessive Court docket on January 9 confirmed the Roskilde court docket’s verdict, unanimously discovering all three males responsible of espionage. Nevertheless, concerning the cost of selling terror, the jurors have been unable to realize unanimity. Two jurors voted to acquit all three defendants of the cost, whereas the opposite jurors and authorized judges have been in favor of a responsible verdict. Per voting process in jury trials within the Excessive Court docket, the defendant is discovered responsible if at the least two authorized judges and at the least six jurors vote in favor. There are a complete of 9 jurors and three authorized judges. 

The query earlier than the court docket on Friday involved each punishment/sentencing and deportation. Moreover, there was a query of revocation of citizenship to contemplate, as one of many three defendants had Danish nationality. The prosecution requested this be revoked. 

The court docket on Friday sentenced the lads to jail phrases of 6, 7, and eight years in jail. The defendant who had citizenship may have this revoked, and all three defendants might be expelled from Denmark completely. 

The Danish authorities haven’t but launched the names of the defendants concerned. Per the Japanese Excessive Court docket’s assertion on their judgment, that is “because of the consideration of the state’s relationship with overseas powers in addition to safety concerns associated to people.” Proceedings associated to this case have largely been closed. 

The Danish authorities confirmed that the defendants will serve their time in Danish prisons, although it stays unclear when they are going to be expelled. 

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