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    Police in Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark, joined efforts with the city's municipality to de-radicalize Danish jihadists, by offering preventive work for local potential fighters, with the hope to dissuade them from joining the conflict in the Middle East.

    MOSCOW, December 4 (Sputnik) — The police in the Danish city Aarhus not only prosecute jihadists, but also engage in preventive work with Danes travelling to Syria and Iraq to take part in the conflict, Henning Mols, the press adviser for Aarhus municipality told Sputnik Thursday.

    The program on de-radicalization of Danish jihadists is a joint effort by the local police and the Aarhus municipality.

    "The police will of course investigate and prosecute if they believe someone has operated against Danish legislation while they were in Syria. But in Denmark the police does not only investigate and prosecute, we also work preventive and that's what we do in this program," Mols said.

    The Aarhus press adviser explained that according to Danish legislation, it is not illegal to travel to or return from Syria, so police "can only arrest people, when they come back to Denmark, if they [police] can prove what they did while they were in Syria is illegal according to Danish legislation."

    According to the Danish Security and Intelligence Service, roughly 100 Danes have participated in the Syrian war and nearly 50 have returned to Denmark.

    As part of a bid to face the challenge, Denmark has launched rehabilitation programs for potential fighters to motivate them to get an education or employment to prevent them from going to Syria or other countries in the Middle East.

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