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Danish court increases compensation to man falsely suspected of terrorism

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Denmark is increasing the compensation for a man who in 2016 was falsely accused of terrorism. Illustration photo: Ida Marie Odgaard / Ritzau Scanpix / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 18.04.2024 10:44:00

Crime and justice: The compensation is increased by 96,600 Danish kroner, to a total sum of 210,800 Danish kroner. This corresponds to over NOK 332,000.

The man, who is now around 40 years old, came to Copenhagen from Greece in 2016, two days after a bomb attack in Zaventem in Brussels.

He was with another man, and both were on their way to a wedding in Sweden when they were arrested by Danish police at the airport in Copenhagen. According to the police, the suspicion concerned preparations for a terrorist act in Denmark.

However, the public prosecutor chose to drop the case after two months, and the man’s friend was released. The man, on the other hand, was imprisoned for another month as a result of a charge of human trafficking. Both have since been awarded compensation for their detention.

The compensation was originally lower because the district court, the Danish district court, believed that the man himself had some responsibility for the incident. He had traveled to Denmark with a fake press card and passport photos.

A majority in the High Court, the Danish Court of Appeal, however, believes that the man himself is not to blame.

He himself says that the terrorist suspicion has had major consequences afterwards, including that he cannot cross the borders in Europe without being pulled aside and questioned about the accusations.

(© NTB)

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