Denmark orders prison for trio over buying drones for Islamic State



STOCKHOLM (dpa)- A Danish court on Friday sentenced three men to prison on charges of buying drones and other equipment for the extremist Islamic State group to use in Iraq and Syria.
The trio were given sentences ranging from two and a half to four years, the Copenhagen city court ruling said.




The defendants - a teacher, a bicycle mechanic and a taxi driver - denied the charges. The court withheld their names.
The man identified as a taxi driver was also ordered to be expelled from Denmark after serving his sentence, the ruling said.
Danish media reported he was a Turkish national who has lived for 31 years in the Scandinavian country.
Between 2013 and 2017 the trio bought remote-controlled model planes, drones, thermal cameras and other components both online and at stores in Denmark.
The court convicted them a week ago.
None of the three was convicted according to the strictest paragraph of the terrorism statute, which could have resulted in a life sentence.
The defendant who worked as a taxi driver made several trips to Turkey and took cameras and other equipment with him, according to the prosecution.
The thermal cameras were used for reconnaissance prior to an August 2014 attack on a Syrian military base in northern Syria claiming several lives, according to the prosecution.
Evidence included a USB stick where the purchases were listed as well as information about model planes and how to make explosives.
Danish police and the police security service PET conducted several raids in the greater Copenhagen area, and made their first arrest in September 2017.
The trial opened in September.
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Saturday, December 7th 2019
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