July 9, 2020 / 3:01 PM / a month ago

Two Swedes jailed for bombing Danish tax office

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A Copenhagen court on Thursday found two Swedes guilty of bombing the Danish tax agency and sentenced them to five and four years’ jail respectively.

Zacharias Tamer Hamzi, 24, and Nurettin Nuray Syuleyman, 23, were convicted of transporting a bomb via the Oresund Bridge, known from the TV crime series “The Bridge”, and detonating the device in August 2019.

The explosion in Copenhagen shattered glass doors and windows and scorched metal cladding at the main entrance of the building in Nordhavn, just north of the city centre. One person was slightly wounded.

The motive for the bombing remained unclear, but the court dismissed terrorism charges. The prosecutor had sought lifetime sentences for the childhood friends, neither of whom had been convicted of a serious crime before.

“I’m pleased that my client was convicted under the mildest charge,” said Michael Juul Eriksen, defence lawyer for Hamzi, who was jailed for five years.

Syuleyman had yet to decide whether to appeal against his sentence, said his lawyer, Kaare Traberg Smidt.

Both were permanently expelled from Denmark and would serve their sentences in Sweden.

Denmark imposed temporary border controls at the Swedish border in November last year, after Swedes were suspected of being behind a number of serious attacks in the Danish capital.

Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Alison Williams and Nick Macfie

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