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Danes face jail for 'terrorism' T-shirts

  • Terrorism T-shirts: the ruling overturned a lower-court decision (Photo: Fighters + Lovers)

The Danish Eastern High Court convicted six people on Thursday (18 September) of selling T-shirts to finance Colombian and Palestinian organizations listed as terror organisations by the European Union.

Five people with ties to the company "Fighters + Lovers" were sentenced to between 60 days and six months in jail after they admitted producing, selling and distributing the T-shirts.

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A sixth defendant was jailed for 60 days for allowing the company to use his server for its website while a seventh defendant was acquitted. He had put up posters on his hot-dog stand to promote the T-shirts.

The court also ordered the company's stocks of T-shirts to be confiscated and their website to be seized.

The company started selling the T-shirts in January 2006, to challenge Denmark's terror laws. The T-Shirts, caps and other promotion material were in support of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Both groups are considered terrorist organisations by the EU and the US.

In December 2007, the Copenhagen City Court cleared the group of all charges, saying the activities of FARC and PFLP did not constitute terrorism under Danish law. But the High Court ruled otherwise.

"We are very surprised with this ruling … It is a very provincial decision," defence lawyer Thorkild Hoeyer said. He called the ruling "a totally insane verdict," which he is now going to appeal to the highest court - and, if not successful, to the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights

"Apparently T-shirts has become terrorism. The sentence demonstrates that the terror-legislation doesn't work," said Bobby Schultz, PR-responsible for Fighters+Lovers.

Colombia's defence minister, Juan Manuel Santos, called the ruling "an important message to any citizen of the world who collaborates with terrorism: They won't have a defence anywhere," he said, according to AP.

The company had collected some €3,000, but police seized the money before it was transferred to the Colombian and Palestinian organisations.

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