Eurovision terror attack plotters get life sentences
Frederik | On 15, Dec 2013
The aftermath of arguably the most controversial Eurovision Song Contest in recent years is still not over.
Aside from political controversy over entry visas being denied to certain individuals and serious human rights concerns, shared by the eventual Eurovision winner Loreen of Sweden, terror plots aimed at attacking the live show in front of more than 100 million viewers were also thwarted.
Earlier in November, 29 people were found guilty of plotting a terror attack against the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, taking place at the Crystal Hall in Baku, Azerbaijan. Three of them were jailed for life.
This Monday, jail sentences from three to 10 years were handed down to another 10 people for the same charges. The total number of people convicted for plotting an attack on the show stands at at least 42, according to AFP.
Azerbaijani authorities have previously claimed that they crushed an attempted attack on the Crystal Hall by doing police sweeps during April and May of 2012, arresting 40 suspects. The authorities stated that the arrested suspects had connections to neighboring Iran, while AP also mentions the province of Dagestan, and that the group had planned additional attacks on hotels, public buildings, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev, and religious sites.
While the attacks were thankfully unsuccessful, anti-gay hackers known as “The Devotees of Azerbaijan” took responsibility for succeeding in attacking the official Eurovision website eurovision.tv, among others, and even managed to completely wipe out the Eurovision fansite ESCToday.com.
Source: AFP, AP