Muslim that tried to assassinate Lars Hedegaard has reportedly been released by Turkish authorities

Denmark’s diplomatic relationship with Turkey may be severely strained after reports that the man behind an attempted assassination of Islam critic Lars Hedegaard has been released from a Turkish prison.

Copenhagen Police said on Sunday that they were aware of reports that the 27-year-old suspect, ‘BH’, had been released by Turkish authorities.

“A week ago, we learned through speaking with a member of the suspect’s family that the suspect – much to our astonishment and regret – had been released,” Copenhagen Police spokesman Jens Møller Jensen said in a press release.