Danish court acquits man in soldier kidnap plot

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A 23-year-old man accused of being involved in a terror plot to kidnap Danish soldiers and use them as hostages has been acquitted by a court.

Prosecutors say the defendant -- a Dane of Turkish origin -- posted messages on the Internet urging the kidnapping of Danish soldiers abroad. They say the hostages would be used to demand the release of jailed Islamic militants in Denmark.

However, the Copenhagen court ruled Tuesday that it could not be proven that the messages were part of any terrorist conspiracy.

It was not immediately clear whether prosecutors planned to appeal the ruling.

The defendant was not identified in line with Danish privacy rules. He was arrested Nov. 11, 2007.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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