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Court upholds verdict in Muhammad cartoon case

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Court upholds verdict in Muhammad cartoon case
Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak, pictured during the district court trial in January (Photo: Berit Roald/Scanpix)
08:47 CEST+02:00
A Norwegian appeals court upheld on Thursday the guilty verdicts of two men in a plot to bomb a Danish newspaper that had published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, local media said.

The men were arrested in 2010 for planning to blow up the offices of the Jyllands-Posten daily that had published 12 caricatures of the Muslim prophet in September 2005.

In January, an Oslo district court sentenced Norwegian national Mikael Davud, a member of China's Uighur minority considered the mastermind of the plot, to seven years behind bars.

It handed Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak, an Iraqi Kurd residing in Norway, a three-and-a-half-year term.

While the appeals court upheld the verdict Thursday, the decision concerned only the men's guilt and not the length of their sentences.

The court failed to come to a decision over the guilt of a third man, David Jakobsen -- an Uzbek arrested at the same time as Davud and Bujak -- according to Norway's NRK broadcaster.

Jakobsen was acquitted in January of the most serious charges but was sentenced to four months' jail for helping the others procure bomb-making material.

The appeals decision came after French weekly Charlie Hebdo, which reproduced the Danish caricatures in 2006 and whose offices were fire-bombed last year, published new cartoons featuring crude depictions of the prophet.

Their publication comes against a background of violent protests across the Muslim world, which first erupted early last week over an anti-Islam film made in California and posted on the internet.

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