Somali man jailed in Danish explosives case

24-year-old man ordered held after discovery of explosives in Aarhus

The city court in Aarhus has ordered that a 24-year-old Somali man be remanded to custody for four weeks in a case involving the discovery of explosives in the Jutland city.

Judge Tina Rud announced the verdict following a preliminary hearing that had been held behind closed doors.

The 24-year-old was arrested Sunday after police found explosives in a basement of an apartment complex in western Aarhus.

The Somalian refused to come out of the apartment willingly, so police shot tear gas into the apartment, after which he surrendered to police. The area was searched, but no other explosives were found.

Behind closed doors
East Jutland police previously reported that the 24-year-old had been charged with possession of a small amount of explosives, but the closed door proceedings prevented the press from hearing the actual charges. The prosecution and police justified the request for closed proceedings by saying that the case was still being investigated.

“There are some things in the indictment that we need to have a little time to work with in peace,” police spokesperson René Raffo told Metroxpress.

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Raffo said that there is no evidence at this time to indicate that the case is related to terrorism.