January 30, 2012
Three Men Jailed For Plot Against Jylland-Posten Newspaper
International wires crackled this morning
with news of convictions in an Oslo court for the three men accused of plotting violence against the newspaper Jyllands-Posten
for its publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005. These are the first convictions under Norway's anti-terror laws and represented something of a gamble for prosecutors in terms of their focus on the Jyllands-Posten
part of the accused men's activities.
Mikael Davud, identified by prosecutors as the group's ringleder, was sentenced to seven years in prison. Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak was sentenced to three and a half years. David Jakobsen was cleared of terror charges but convicted for his role in helping the other two men acquire the explosives by which they hoped to perpetrate violence on the newspaper and its employees.
The judge said that Davud worked with the cooperation of the terror network Al Qaeda. During the trial it was suggested that the plot for which the men were convicted was intended to be part of a larger, coordinated effort that included attacks on New York and in the United Kingdom. Those plots were also foiled.
The men were arrested in 2010.
posted 4:20 pm PST
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