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Danish sports awards target of alleged terror plot

Associated Press Modified: April 13, 2012 at 11:45 am •  Published: April 13, 2012

If found guilty of terrorism, they could face about 16 years in prison.

"There is no doubt this planned attack was the consequences of the cartoon drawings," Plaehn said, referring to the 2005 publication of 12 caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad that triggered rioting in Muslim countries and calls for revenge among militant Islamists.

Further, the prosecutor said he intended to prove that members of the group had ties with Pakistan — possibly including terrorist training in tribal areas in the north of the country.

The trial was Denmark's second criminal proceeding in 14 months related to the drawings. In February last year, a Danish court declared a Somali man guilty of terrorism for breaking into the home of one of the cartoonists. Wielding an ax, the man entered Kurt Westergaard's home in the northwestern town of Aarhus, though the cartoonist avoided injury by locking himself inside a panic room.

The Somali man was eventually sentenced to nine years in prison.