Sentences handed down in arson case

The five young men, who were acquitted of terrorism charges, receive a combined 15 years in prison

Faroe Islands, the town of Gjogv (photo: Vincent van Zeijst)
December 20th, 2012 7:08 pm| by admin
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Five young men who were found not guilty on terrorism charges last week were given their sentences for arson today in City Court. 

 

The men, who carried out arson attacks against targets that included the Greek Embassy, a police school and fur companies, received prison sentences ranging in length between 21 months and six and a half years. 

 

The longest sentence was given to 24-year-old FP, who was found guilty last week of arson attacks against three fur companies, Rigspolitiet, the police school, a Nordea bank location and the Greek Embassy.

 

24-year-old PJ was given a four year sentence for his role in the fires at the police school and the fur companies Pelsbox and Kopenhagen Fur, while the other three men – DP, TH and AC – will spend one year and nine months behind bars for attacking the police school. 

 

The prosecution immediately appealed against the sentences and continued to argue that the men should have been found guilty on terrorism charges. The men avoided the terror charges because the jury in the case was split. All three of the judges and three of the jurors wanted to find two of the men guilty of terrorism, but because there was no majority among jurors, the men were found not guilty.

 

The five men were also ordered to pay compensation. Initial media reports did not specify the amount they would be required to pay, but the total damage of their arson attacks is estimated at 10 million kroner. 

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