Friday, May 19, 2017

Denmark: Muslim convert schoolgirl jailed for 6 years on terrorism charges

(Holbaek) A teenage girl with Islamic State group sympathies who planned to attack Danish schools, including a Jewish school, with home-made bombs has been jailed for six years.

The would-be jihadist, aged just 15 when she was arrested in 2015, had tried to contact IS group leaders on Twitter but was arrested after her parents became suspicious that she was experimenting with chemicals in the basement of the family home in which to try and make the explosive TATP. (As used in the 2005 London bombings which killed 52 people and injured 784). She was also convicted of assaulting an employee in the juvenile incarceration facility where she had been held during the trial.

Her lawyer, Mette Gritt Stage, had said her client had been bullied at school and is a confused teenager seeking attention. After the guilty ruling, Stage said her client "was very, very saddened."

Letters were found in her cell in late April and read in court. In one, she wrote that she deliberately didn't wear a headscarf "to fool the disbelievers" to think she had not converted to Islam. In another she wrote that she stabbed the employee in the incarceration facility because he had been a soldier in Iraq, adding "I couldn't accept this."