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Prime Minister's attacker arrested in Denmark, turns out to be Polish

Prime Minister's attacker arrested in Denmark, turns out to be Polish Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen (photo: Getty Images)

In Denmark, a court has remanded in custody the man who attacked Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on a Copenhagen street yesterday. The attacker was a 39-year-old Pole.

The court sent the man to custody for 12 days, although the prosecutor's office requested 26 days of arrest. At the trial, the attacker, who has been living in Denmark since 2019, pleaded not guilty. Police believe that he was on drugs or drunk at the time of the attack.

During police interrogation, the man said that he was surprised to see Frederiksen on the street and added that she was arguing with someone. But in court, he denied that he had anything against Frederiksen as prime minister.

“I can't agree that I had a disagreement with the prime minister's positions,” the man said in court.

At the same time, the judge ruled that the attacker knew who Frederiksen was, and therefore there was a reasonable suspicion that he had attacked a public official.

Attack on the Prime Minister of Denmark

On the evening of June 7, it became known that an unknown person attacked Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in Copenhagen. Initially, it was reported that she was not seriously injured, but was in a state of shock.

On the morning of Saturday, June 8, Frederiksen's office clarified that she had been taken to Rigshospitalet. Due to the attack, Frederiksen canceled several public events.