Three Suspects in Muhammad Cartoons “Mumbai-Style” Terror Plot to Remain in Custody

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Offices of the Jyllands-Posten Newspaper which published the Muhammed Cartoons

A court in Denmark made the ruling today.

Three men suspected of plotting an attack on a Danish newspaper that published controversial caricatures of the Muslim prophet Mohammed in 2005 are to remain in custody, a court in Denmark ruled Thursday.

The suspects, aged 29, 30 and 44, are to be kept in isolation for a further four weeks, judges in Glostrup, near the Danish capital Copenhagen, ruled.

The three, who live in neighbouring Sweden, were arrested on December 29. At their initial court hearing they denied allegations they were planning to attack the offices of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, but refused to make any further comment.

A 37-year-old man remains in custody in Sweden on suspicion of being part of the alleged plot, but he has rejected the charges.

Danish and Swedish police said they had cooperated closely in averting the possible attack and had been tracking the suspects for some time.

Stay tuned……


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Muhammad Cartoons “Mumbai-Style” Terror Plot Foiled by Danish Intelligence

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Danish Muhammad Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard Calls Attacker Mohamed Geele a “Madman” and a “Cowardly Liar”

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Danish Muhammad Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard

The Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard testified in the trial of Mohamed Geele today.
Testifying in a terrorism trial, Kurt Westergaard said he feared he would be “slaughtered” by the 29-year-old intruder who stormed into the house on New Year’s Day, 2010.

“He was like a religious, insane young man. I believed he entered the house as a holy warrior who wanted to kill an infidel,” Westergaard told the court in Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city.

Westergaard locked himself inside a panic room and escaped the attack unharmed.

The defendant, who cannot be named under a court order, told the court as the trial opened Wednesday that he just wanted to scare the cartoonist and didn’t intend to hurt him.

Westergaard said that was untrue, calling the defendant a “madman” as well as a “cowardly liar.”

Yeah, this moron enters someone’s home wielding an axe, hurls it at a police officer and it is presumed he just wants to scare the occupant.

A verdict in this trial is expected in early February.


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Danish Muhammad Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard’s Atacker, Mohamed Geele Goes on Trial

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Danish Muhammad Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard

Kurt Westergaard’s, the Danish Cartoonist made famous by his depiction of the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb on his head, attacker, Mohamed Geele, went to trial today.
A 29-year-old Somali man charged with trying to kill the cartoonist behind the most controversial Danish Prophet Mohammed caricature went on trial Wednesday in the central town of Aarhus.

The man, named in court as Mohamed Geele, could face life in prison if convicted of the charges of attempted terrorism, attempted murder, attacking a police officer and illegal arms possession.

The hearing was transferred to a larger court due to the number of journalists covering the case.

On January 1 last year, the suspect broke into the home of cartoonist Kurt Westergaard — who had drawn the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb-shaped turban — wielding an axe and saying he wanted to kill him.

Westergaard, now 75, rushed into a bathroom that had been fortified and transformed into a panic room to “seek safety and call the police.”

Police shot the man twice and wounded him before placing him under arrest.

Since his arrest the Somali has denied any wrongdoing, but according to Danish intelligence police, he is believed to be close to the Shebab Islamist movement, which has declared allegiance to Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network and controls most of southern and central Somalia.

The trial is set to last nine days and the verdict is expected in the first week of February.

Mohamed Geele has denied the charges of attempted murder and terrorism.

Kurt Westergaard is expected to testify tomorrow under heavy security.


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Danish Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard to Face His Attacker in Court

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Danish Muhammad Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard

You remember the story about the axe-wielding Somali who busted into Westergarrd’s home.
Danish police intelligence said they believed the “attempted assassination … is terror related” and accused the man, who was not named, of having links with Somalia’s al-Shabaab militant group as well as al Qaeda militants.

The cartoonist, 74, pushed a panic button, fled to a safe room and was unhurt when police arrived. His grand-daughter was in the house during the attack. Police could not confirm reports he had tried to break down the safe room door with the axe.

Westergaard, who in 2005 depicted Prophet Mohammad with a bomb in his turban, has been under police protection since his caricatures of the Prophet led to death threats.

The Somali man appeared in court on a stretcher with a hand and leg in plaster casts due to gunshot wounds from a police officer who had narrowly dodged the axe thrown at him by the intruder who was trying to evade arrest, police said.

The accused did not speak in court, but denied the charges through his lawyer.

The Security and Intelligence Service PET, a department of the national police, said in a statement: “It is PET’s impression that the attempted assassination of the cartoonist Kurt Westergaard is terror related.”

The man, the PET said, “has close relations to the Somali terror organization al-Shabaab and al Qaeda leaders in East Africa, and he is also suspected of having been involved in terror-related activities during his stay in East Africa.”

It also accused him of involvement in a terror-related network with links to Denmark, where he has a residence permit.

Well, this week the 75 year old cartoonist will face the Somali terrorist who attempted to murder him on New Years Day in 2010 – a year ago.

Westergaard and his granddaughter were unharmed.

“I got away. But he’s the real victim, who is likely going to sit behind bars for quite a while and will have enough time to think through what happened,” Westergaard told AP this week about the intruder, a 29-year-old Somali man charged with terrorism and attempted murder.

The defendant, who cannot be named under a court order, denies the charges, his lawyer Niels Christian Straus said. He declined to say what his client was doing at Westergaard’s house, saying he’ll explain it as the trial begins at the city court in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city.

If convicted of terror, the defendant could face life in prison, although such sentences are generally reduced to 16 years under Danish law.

Westergaard’s security was ramped up even further after the break-in. Police temporarily moved him and his wife from their house in Aarhus. He’s now permanently escorted by earpiece-wearing bodyguards from PET, the Danish security service.

They are sure to accompany him to the court hearings, which are expected to draw large crowds. Westergaard is scheduled to testify on Thursday.

He said he was glad that the trial was finally getting started, so he could get on with his life, even though the infamous cartoon will forever be a part of it.

“The drawing will follow me into my retirement home and later to my tomb,” Westergaard said.

Here is the famous drawing:

Muhammad Cartoon Danish Terror Plot Suspects Remanded into Custody

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Three of the suspects appeared in a Danish court on Thursday morning

Go to jail, directly to jail, do not pass go and do not collect $200.
A Swedish court on Thursday remanded in custody a fourth suspect in a plot to kill staff at a Danish newspaper after three others were earlier detained by a Danish court, the prosecution said.

Sahbi Zalouti, a 37-year-old Swede of Tunisian origin who was arrested in Stockholm Wednesday, was remanded in custody for two weeks “suspected of preparing terrorist crimes,” it said in a statement.

The Attunda district court in the Sollentuna suburb of Stockholm, which issued its ruling following a closed-door hearing, also placed a gag order on everyone involved in the case, the statement added.

Under Swedish law, which requires a court to review custody orders every two weeks, the prosecutor in the case Tomas Lindstrand has until 11:00 am (1000 GMT) on January 13 to charge Zalouti or to request an extension.

Three men were also remanded in custody by the Glostrup court near Copenhagen earlier Thursday, for four weeks, in connection with the suspected plot.

A total of five are suspected of hatching what Danish officials called a plan to “kill as many people as possible” in an imminent assault on the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands-Posten daily.

Here is the BBC account of the arraignment of the suspects.

Three remanded into custody in Denmark and one in Sweden. One suspect was released in Denmark and one was to appear this afternoon in a Swedish court.

Who are they?

Denmark’s intelligence service, PET, only identified the three men remanded in custody as a 44-year-old Tunisian, a 29-year-old Swede born in Lebanon, and a 30-year-old Swede.

It said all three resided in Sweden and drove to the Copenhagen suburbs late Tuesday.

The Swedish tabloid Expressen meanwhile named the men on Thursday as Mounir Dhahri, Munir Awad and Omar Abdalla Aboelazm.

A fifth man, a 26-year-old Iraqi asylum-seeker who was arrested Wednesday in his apartment in the Greve suburb of Copenhagen, was reportedly released but was still believed to have been involved in the plot.

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Muhammad Cartoons “Mumbai-Style” Terror Plot Foiled by Danish Intelligence

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Offices of the Jyllands-Posten Newspaper which published the Muhammed Cartoons

An imminent terrorist plot against the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten who published the infamous Muhammed Cartoons was foiled today.
The Danish intelligence agency said Wednesday that it had arrested five men suspected of an “imminent” terror plot against the Danish newspaper that ran controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005.

The arrests come only a couple weeks after central Stockholm was rocked by two explosions that Swedish police have deemed a terror attack. The plots in the two Scandinavian countries are unusual because the region has been largely removed, until now, from the terrorism concerns that grip much of Western Europe.

Three of the men linked to the plot in Denmark are Swedish citizens and one of the five men arrested was arrested in Sweden, the New York Times reported. The men are not connected with the attack in Sweden, in which only the bomber was killed.

he men arrested in Denmark are a 44-year-old Tunisian, a 29-year-old Swede born in Lebanon, a 30-year-old Swede, and a 26-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker. The man arrested in Sweden was a 37-year-old Swede with Tunisian roots, Agence France-Presse reported. The Copenhagen Daily reports that the arrests stem from collaboration between Danish intelligence and Swedish law enforcement in a long-term surveillance operation.

The cartoons, published in 2005 in the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, featured caricatures of the Prophet, which are considered blasphemous by most Muslims and prompted anger and violent rioting in some Muslim countries.

The men planned to kill as many as possible in the building housing the newspaper, the Copenhagen Daily reports.

The New York Times account of the “Mumbai-style” attack is here.

This is not the first time the newspaper or Kurt Westergaard, the cartoonist who drew the Muhammed Cartoons.  Remember the Somali who was linked to Radical Islamic al-Shabab and al Qaeda who tried to assassinate Westergaard with an axe?

And, the attack in Sweden may have been linked to another controversial caartoon.

 …the e-mail threat connected to the attack references Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist who drew caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog in 2007 in the Swedish newspaper Tidningarnas Telegrambyra, the Monitor reported.

    “Now, your children — daughters and sisters — will die like our brothers and sisters and children die,” the recording said, according to the Times. “Our actions will speak for themselves. As long as you do not end your war against Islam and the insult against the prophet and your stupid support for that pig Vilks.”

Of course, there was security in the building just as Westergaard had a “panic room” installed in his residence.

The Jyllands-Posten building was already under high security before the arrests, said Lars Munch, the director of the newspaper’s corporate owner, on the newspaper’s Web site. He called the plot “appalling” and said the newspaper was cooperating with Danish police in their investigation.

Prime Minister Loekke Rasmussen of Denmark told reporters that he was “shocked” by the attack.

“Regardless of today’s event, it remains my conviction that terrorism must not lead us to change our open society and our values, especially democracy and free speech,” he said.

And, here are the cartoons that have created this “EXCUSE” for terrorist activities.

And, all of this for what?

Cartoons of Muhammad


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