A radical Muslim has been convicted for making death threats in Denmark
The hate speech conviction of the spokesman for Hizb-ut-Tahrir could lead to the group's dissolution.
A standing room only crowd looked on Thursday as Fadi Ahmad Abdel Latif was handed a guilty verdict for threatening the life of PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen and inciting to kill Jews.
A unanimous panel of judges in a Copenhagen city court found Adbel Latif, the spokesman for the Danish branch of radical Muslim organisation Hizb-ut-Tahir, guilty on all three counts for which he was charged, including for distributing fliers in 2004 urging Mulsims to 'kill their leaders' if they prevented them from helping their 'brothers' fighting in Fallujah.
He was also convicted for threatening the lives of Jews by calling on Muslims to 'kill them all, wherever you find them'.
It is the second time he has been convicted of threatening Jews.
Abdel Latif claimed that the flyers had been misinterpreted. He appealed the conviction and the three month jail sentence.
'This was expected. The decision is politically motivated. It's only intended as a way to force Danish Muslims to keep their mouths shut,' he said after the trial.
The government shelved a 2005 effort to dissolve the controversial organisation after the attorney general, Lene Espersen, said there was no specific reason to do so. But if Thursday's conviction is upheld, Espersen may ask the public prosecutor to determine whether if can be used to forcibly disband the group.
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