Three Charged With Conspiracy To Kill Danish Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard


Photograph of Kurt Westergaard by Claus Sjödin

Three men accused of plotting to kill Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and to attack an office of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, were charged in Norway on September 26, 2011, with, "conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack in northern Europe," said Prosecutor Geir Evanger.  Mikael Davud, a Norwegian of Uighur origin, Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak, an Iraqi Kurd residing in Norway, and David Jakobsen, an Uzbek also residing in Norway allegedly plotted to kill Westergaard and to bomb an office of Jyllands-Posten.  Arrested in June of 2010, the three men are scheduled to stand trial in late October.  Read more about the case by clicking on Charges Filed in Norway Terrorism Plot from the Brisbane Times and the Associated Press.  

Jyllands-Posten is the newspaper that originally published the 12 Danish Cartoons.  Kurt Westergaard is the cartoonist who drew the most controverial image, that of a depiction of the Prophet Mohammad with a bomb in his turban.  Both the newspaper and Westergaard have been repeatedly targeted by Islamic extremists.  Read more about the 12 Danish Cartoons and Kurt Westergaard in our Western Europe section of the Art to Die For collection.