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Denmark Compensates Egyptian Men

March 15, 2000

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ Two Egyptian-born men cleared of plotting terrorist attacks in Denmark and of having links to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing will receive $16,230 each for damage to their reputations, a court ruled Wednesday.

Mohammed Fahim had requested $169,000 and Abdel Hakim Soliman sought $110,000 for damage to their reputations and lost earnings during a 1996 trial that ended in their acquittal. The court in Aarhus, 120 miles northwest of Copenhagen, denied them lost earnings because they were unemployed at the time.

The prosecution in their 1996 trial failed to prove that items found in Fahim’s apartment _ a list of chemicals that could be used to make explosives and a map of Copenhagen with the Israeli Embassy, three train stations and a highway marked _ were intended to be used in attacks. No attack was carried out.

U.S. authorities have said the fingerprints of Soliman and a third Egyptian, Mohammed Hassanein, were found on items carried into the United States by a man convicted in the World Trade Center bombing in New York. But Danish investigators found that the trio never personally took part in the 1993 bombing and they did not face any charges in that crime.

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