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Court convicts teenage girl for terrorism

A court has convicted a teenage girl in Denmark over terrorism charges on Tuesday. She had planned to attack two schools in the country including a Jewish school in the capital, Copenhagen.

The three judges and six jurors at the Holbaek District Court were unanimous while teen’s name was withheld according to Danish laws.

The 17-year old girl who had planned to target the Carolineskolen, a private Jewish school in Copenhagen had been in custody since January 2016 and her former school close to her home in Holbaek, north-west of the capital.

She was also convicted of attacking an employee at an institution where she was held on remand.

According to Danish media, “she converted to Islam a few years ago and was believed to be the first female charged with terrorism in the Scandinavian country.’ It was reported that messages she sent in late 2015 to a Twitter account she believed was used by a leader of the Islamic State extremist group.

She would be sentenced on Thursday.

Prosecutor Kristian Kirk welcomed the court’s decision.

The girl and her attorney, Mette Grith Stage, had claimed during the trial that the girl had been “bored” and had never planned to carry out the plans.

The court stated that explosives making component and notes about possible targets had been found during a search at the girl’s home.

 

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