Terrorism Attacks and Arrests in Europe Down for Second Straight Year

By Matthew Harwood


According to the data, 587 suspected terrorists were arrested in total, the majority for terrorist activities related to separatism, followed next by jihadism. But most were arrested based on suspicion that the suspect was a member of a terrorist organization. "Almost 30 percent of the arrests were related to attacks and 17 percent to the financing of terrorism," reports Europol. "Other activities of which the suspects were accused include propaganda and facilitation."

The report also details the number of terrorism cases tried across the European Union. In 2009, 391 individuals were tried on terrorism charges and 125 court decisions were handed down. The prosecution prevailed a majority of the time, with 17 percent of verdicts ending in acquittal, down from 23 percent in 2008. According to Europol, separatists (66 percent) and Islamists (22 percent) were the most represented kind of terrorists in the cases tried last year. Those convicted of a terrorist-related charge in Europe received an average penalty of five years behind bars.

♦ All graphs were taken from Europol's TE-SAT 2010: EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report

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