Danish association sentenced for supporting terrorism

danish-flagThe spokesman for Danish association Foreningen Opror has been sentenced by a district court to a suspended six-month prison term over allegations of supporting terrorism.

The Copenhagen District Court declared that associations within Denmark cannot by law obtain funding or encourage others to financially support rebel terrorist groups such as the PFLP or FARC, and has handed down the suspended sentence against the Opror group’s spokesman, Patrick McManus, accordingly.

The PFLP is the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine while FARC represents the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia). Both of these organisations are classified as terrorist groups by the European Union.

65 year-old MacManus received the suspended six-month sentence for sending financial aid to both of these two organisations while also encouraging others to donate to their respective causes. MacManus has been ordered by the court to pay costs of DKK 55,000 (USD 10,000).

Politiken reports that Foreningen Opror, or Rebellion Association, came to public prominence in 2004 when the group ran a fundraising event in support of both the PFLP and FARC at the Copenhagen Folkets Hus.

Two years later, in 2006, the then Danish Justice Minister Lene Espersen ruled that MacManus should be charged for providing terrorist groups financial support.

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