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Oslo Court Convicts Two in Terror Plot Against Danish Newspaper

January 31, 2012

Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Oslo’s District Court convicted two men for plotting an act of terror against the Danish newspaper that spurred outrage across much of the Muslim world for its 2005 caricatures of the prophet Muhammad.

Mikael Davud was sentenced to seven years in prison and Sawad Sadek Saeed Bujak was handed a 3 1/2-year jail term for planning terror acts, Judge Oddmund Svarteberg said in a live broadcast of the verdict. A third man, David Jakobsen, was acquitted of terror charges and given four months and time served for helping to procure explosive materials.

The convictions were the first to fall under Norway’s terror act, which came into effect in 2002, according to broadcaster NRK. The three men were apprehended in July 2010 by the Norwegian Policy Security Service for having suspected ties to al-Qaeda.

Jyllands-Posten, Denmark’s biggest newspaper, has been the target of several terrorist threats since it published the Muhammad drawings in 2005. The cartoons also sparked global protests in which demonstrators in Muslim countries including Syria torched Danish embassies.

Davud, a Uighur originally from China, arrived in Norway in 1999 and became a citizen in 2007. The Uighurs are a Chinese ethnic minority from the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang. Bujak, an Iraqi Kurd, came to Norway in the late 1990s and was granted a residence permit on humanitarian grounds. Jakobsen is an ethnic Uzbek and also holds permanent residence.

--Editors: Jonas Bergman, Tasneem Brogger.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Meera Bhatia at mbhatia2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jonas Bergman at jbergman@bloomberg.net


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