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Swedish Court Acquits Defendants Accused of Plotting to Kill Swedish Cartoonist Lars Vilks

01/20/2012

Photograph by Olof Ekström for Wikipedia

The Associated Press and the Washington Post are reporting that a Swedish criminal court has acquitted the three men accused of plotting to murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks.  The three men who were armed with knives outside an art gallery shortly before the cartoonist was to make a rare public appearance, were acquitted on Friday by the Goteborg District Court.  The cartoonist has been in hiding after receiving numerous death threats.  To read the short Associated Press/Washington Post article, click on Swedish court acquits 3 men accused of plotting to murder artist for Muhammad drawing.   

Swedish citizens Salar Sami Mahmood and Adbi Weli Mohamud and Somali national Abdi Aziz Mahamud were arrested on the eve of 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.  The three men, all in their twenties, admitted to being offended by a cartoon by Lars Vilks depicting the Prophet as a dog.  But they denied plotting to kill the cartoonist.  The Swedish prosecutor had asked for a 3-year sentence for each defendant.  Instead each was only fined for illegal possession of a knife.