Alleged Accomplices Plead Innocent in Denmark Terror Case

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -
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Danish police stand guard at a city court during the trial of alleged accomplices of the February 2015 shooting attacks at a free-speech event and a shul, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday. (Reuters/Emil Hougaard/Scanpix Denmark)

Four men accused of assisting a gunman who killed two people in attacks in a free-speech seminar and a shul last year have appeared before a court in Copenhagen.

The men, who cannot be named under a court order, have been charged with abetting terrorism for allegedly helping Omar El-Hussein carry out the attacks in February 2015. They pleaded innocent as the trial began Thursday amid tight security.

El-Hussein, a 22-year-old Dane of Palestinian origin, was killed in a shoot-out with police.

Prosecutors say the defendants encouraged him to commit the attack, and gave him munitions, a hooded sweater and a bag.

Two of them are also charged with disposing of the automatic M-95 rifle used during the first attack.