COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Two men suspec-ted of helping the gunman behind the deadly attacks in Copenhagen were jailed for 10 days Monday as Danes mourned the victims of a shoo-ting spree that authorities said may have been inspired by last month’s terror attacks in Paris.
They were accused of helping the gunman evade authorities and get rid of a weapon during the manhunt that ended early Sunday when the attacker was killed in a shootout with police, said Michael Juul Eriksen, the defence attorney for one of the two suspects. Prosecutors had asked a judge to place them in four weeks of solitary con-finement and the relatively short period of de-tention suggests the case against the men is “thin”, added Juul Eriksen’s assistant, Anders Rohde.
Rohde was speaking to reporters after a four-hour custody hearing held behind closed doors for the men, who were not named.
Two people were killed in the weekend attacks, including a Danish filmmaker attending a free speech event and a Jewish security guard shot in the head outside a synagogue in Copenhagen. Five police officers were wounded in the attacks.
Authorities have not identified the gunman, but have described him as a 22-year-old Dane with a history of violence and gang connections. Denmark’s security service said he may have been inspired by the terror attacks by extremists in Paris that killed 17 people. Denmark’s red-and-white flag flew at half-staff from official buildings Monday across the capital. Mourners placed flo-wers and candles at the cultural centre where documentary filmmaker Finn Noergaard, 55, was killed and at the synagogue where Dan Uzan, a 37-year-old security guard, was gunned down. (See also earlier report)