Justice Minister Søren Pind formally introduced plans to treat Danes who engage in armed conflict abroad as traitors, allowing for punishments that could include lifetime sentences.

Under the plan, so-called foreign fighters could be punished with a life sentence for joining foreign terror groups while those who recruit or encourage others to join the groups would face up to 16 years behind bars.

Currently, Danish law allows for a maximum 16-year sentence for offences related to treason.

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