Dane gets 4 years prison for social media terror

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Posted: Dec 04, 2014 1:19 PM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Moroccan-born Dane has again been found guilty of instigating and promoting terrorism, this time on social media.

The Frederiksberg City Court in Copenhagen on Thursday sentenced Sam Mansour, 54, to four years in prison for violating Denmark's terror laws. Mansour had denied the charges, saying he was just using his freedom of speech. In Facebook postings, he wrote "terrorism is a duty" and "we are fearful," and urged jihadis to kill several Danes whom he had named.

It was not immediately clear whether Mansour would appeal the ruling by three judges and a six-man jury.

In 2007, Mansour, then known as Said Mansour, became the first person in Denmark convicted under a 2002 anti-terrorism law that forbids the instigation of terrorism. He was sentenced to three-and-half years in prison.