Danish court convicts two of PKK funding
COPENHAGEN – Agence France-PresseA Danish appeals court on June 8 convicted two men of “terror funding” for raising millions of euros for Kurdish militants between 2009 and 2012.
The court found the defendants guilty of channeling 33.5 million kroner ($5.1 million) through Denmark-based Kurdish television channel Roj TV to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Their sentences will be announced next week.
The Eastern High Court said in a statement that it “among other things had to consider whether the PKK is a terrorist organization” in deciding whether to overturn the men’s earlier acquittals.
A majority of judges and jurors had found that to be the case, it added.
The two men -- said by the local Ritzau news agency to be Kurdish -- raised 4.5 million kroner and 29 million kroner, respectively, for the PKK, which is listed by Turkey and its Western allies, including the European Union, as a terror group.
The prosecution had charged 10 men with raising a total of 140 million kroner for the outlawed group, but eight of the men had their acquittals by a district court upheld since it could not be proven that they knew Roj TV would send the money to the PKK.
In 2013, the station had its license revoked for “glorifying terrorism.”