Denmark puts 10 suspects on trial for allegedly financing PKK
Ten men suspected of terror financing for providing money to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty by a Danish court.The trial has started in Denmark of 10 men suspected of terror financing for providing money to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), The Associated Press has reported.
Prosecutors say the men collected at least 130 million kroner ($23 million) that eventually was transferred to the outlawed PKK which is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the European Union.
The men of Kurdish origin on Thursday rejected the charges. They could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.
The case is linked to a Kurdish satellite TV station that a Danish court ordered to stop broadcasting in July, saying it incited terrorism.
Mesopotamia Broadcast, which operates a number of channels that are accused of being mouthpieces of the outlawed PKK, has been found guilty of promoting the militant group by a Danish court and stripped of its broadcasting rights.
Roj TV A/S and Mesopotamia Broadcast, the two companies that own Roj TV, were each fined 5 million kroner (670,000 euros) for promoting terrorism in the years between 2007 and 2010. Roj TV has declared bankruptcy after the court's decision.