December 13, 2007 / 1:28 PM / 12 years ago

Danish T-shirt group acquitted of funding terrorism

COPENHAGEN, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Seven people who sold T-shirts bearing the logos of Colombian and Palestinian guerrillas were acquitted by a Danish court on Thursday of supporting banned terrorist groups.

The seven were connected to the Danish clothing company Fighters and Lovers, which sold T-shirts with logos of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP).

They pledged to donate 5 euros ($7.3) for every T-shirt sold to a FARC radio station or a PLFP poster campaign.

A panel of judges in Copenhagen’s City Court voted 2-1 that although FARC and PLFP were engaged in murders and kidnappings, their actions were not meant to intimidate the population or destroy the local political and economic systems, and therefore were not guilty of terrorism.

Both groups are classified as terrorist by the United States and the European Union.

Danish police last year seized about 24,000 Danish crowns ($4,725), computers and T-shirts from the company and shut down its Web site ( Fighters and Lovers argued the two organisations were freedom fighters and vowed to continue to support them.

"Now we just need to get the confiscated funds back so we can send them to FARC’s radio station in Colombia and to the PLFP print shop in Palestine," said Fighters and Lovers leader Michael Scholardt in a statement. (Reporting by Gelu Sulugiuc; editing by Robert Woodward)

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