NORWEGIAN COURT CONVICTS TWO IN TERROR PLOT AGAINST DANISH NEWSPAPER JYLLANDS-POSTEN

Wall Street Journal on January 30, 2012, reported on two men convicted in a Norwegian court on the 30th for planning terrorism against the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. Excerpts below:

The men are the first to be convicted under Norway’s antiterror laws.

Chinese-born Uighur Mikael Davud, 40 years old, was sentenced to seven years in prison, while Iraqi Kurd Sawad Sadek Saeed Bujak, 39, was sentenced to prison for three years and six months.

A third man accused, Uzbek-born David Jakobsen, 33, was acquitted of terror conspiracy but sentenced to four months in prison for cooperating with the others. Mr. Jakobsen has already completed this time in custody.

Between November 2008 and July 2010, the court said, Mr. Davud and Mr.Bujak conspired to blow up the offices of Jyllands-Posten and shoot Mr. Westergaard.

Mr. Davud masterminded the plans and would have placed the bomb, the court said, adding that he had received six weeks of explosives training from al Qaeda in Waziristan.

The terror plans were at an early stage, according to the court. The ruling said it wasn’t clear whether Mr. Davud would have gone through with the attack, adding “it is quite possible that he had given up the plans” when he was arrested on July 8, 2010. The court said it had reduced his punishment by about 10%.

According to the ruling, the Norwegian Police Security Service found several manuals on Mr. Davud’s MP3 player after he received training by al Qaeda, including one titled “Methods For Explosives Preparations.”

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