OSLO – A Oslo court found two men guilty today of plotting a terrorist act for a planned attack on the Danish newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005.
Norwegian national Mikael Davud, a Norwegian of Chinese Uighur origin considered to be the mastermind behind the plot, was sentenced to seven years behind bars, while Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak, an Iraqi Kurd residing in Norway, received a three-and-a-half-year prison term.
The two men, who were arrested in July 2010, had connections with al Qaeda and planned to use explosives at the Jyllands-Posten daily’s Copenhagen offices and murder Kurt Westergaard, the cartoonist behind the most controversial of the 12 drawings published in September 2005, according to the prosecution.
Westergaard’s drawing, which has earned him numerous death threats and an assassination attempt, showed Muhammad wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a lit fuse.
The prosecution had demanded prison sentences of 11 and five years respectively.
A third man arrested at the same time as Davud and Bujak, David Jakobsen – an Uzbek living in Norway – was acquitted of the most serious charges, but sentenced to four months in prison for helping the others to procure the materials needed to create the explosives.