A Danish national born in Morocco was found guilty on Wednesday of inciting terrorism.It's not the first time Mansour make the headlines. Back in 2005, The Washington Post did a piece on Denmark's anti-terror legislation, interviewing Mansour as a case. (It's not a bad article, well worth reading, actually)
The Copenhagen City Court handed Said Mansour a prison sentence of three years and six months, claiming he spread propaganda that encouraged radical Islamist groups to commit terror acts.
Police accused Mansour of being in contact, for example, with the four young men from Glostrup, who were recently tried for planning a terror act in Denmark.[The Jurors found all four guilty but the judges annulled the verdict and only sentenced one of the defendants. Prosecution is still pondering whether to appeal. Ed.]
During Mansour's trial, which began in September 2005, prosecuting attorney Lone Damgaard presented the court with hundreds of videotapes and CD-ROMs confiscated from the defendant's apartment which documented various terrorist acts and showed Americans being decapitated.
The prosecution also established that Mansour had been in close contact with Omar Abdelrahman, the blind sheik who received a 240-year prison sentence for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
I'm really not to sure what to think of this case.
One the one hand, it's good that the Court has drawn a line in the sand. On the other hand, the prosecution wanted Mansour to be stripped of his Danish citizenship so he could get deported (something Copenhagen Post fails to mention) . This he was not, on the grounds that he has "strong ties" to Denmark (He's wife is a Dane and they have four kids attending school) and that he faces a "grave risk" of getting killed if he returns to Morocco.
Well I have strong ties to Denmark, and I face a grave risk of getting blown to smithereens on the subway because Said Mansour can continue to spread his hate-speech and violent propaganda from the sanctuary of his "home" country. Not to mention, that the said country have been feeding him for years. WaPo:
His wife is a public school teacher, but Mansour said he was unemployed and collected a monthly government welfare benefit of about $1,800.With the time already done in custody and the usual deduction for good behavior, heck, Mansour could be out this time next year.
May the prosecution appeal and may the Higher Court judges have some very bad hangovers when they hand out the sentence.