Two men have been convicted on terrorism charges in Norway for planning an attack against the Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.
Mikael Davud, a Norwegian from China’s ethnic Uighur minority, was jailed for seven years, while Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak, an Iraqi Kurd, was given a three-and-a-half year sentence. A third man, David Jakobsen, was cleared of terrorism charges.
Davud conspired with al-Qaeda to attack the offices of Jyllands-Posten newspaper after it published controversial cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammed in 2005. Prosecutors said he was taught about explosives at an al-Qaeda training camp in Pakistan before plotting with Bujak to launch an attack.
Although Davud admitted to planning hits against Chinese interests in Norway in retaliation to their treatment of the Uighur minority, he and all the other defendants denied that Jyllands-Posten was a target. The men were also accused of plotting to kill one of the cartoonists, Kurt Westergaard, but said they had only spoken about punishing him and had not taken any further action.
Jakobesen was cleared of terror charges but found guilty of helping the others secure explosives, even though he alerted the police after buying the chemical hydrogen peroxide in 2009. He has been freed after already serving a four-month sentence.
The convictions of Davud and Bujak are the first to be brought under Norway’s anti-terrorism legislation.