Norway: Two charged with involvement in al Qaeda plot to bomb Danish newspaper

by Kal El on February 2, 2012 · View Comments

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Why (aside from muslims’ apparent love of bombing stuff) did they want to hit a Danish Newspaper? For cartoons mocking the pedophile Muhammad.

OSLO, Norway (WTW) — Two men were found guilty Monday of involvement in an al-Qaida plot to attack a Danish newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad, the first convictions under Norway’s anti-terror laws.

A third defendant was acquitted of terror charges but convicted of helping the others acquire explosives.

Investigators say the plot was linked to the same al-Qaida planners behind thwarted attacks against the New York subway system and a shopping mall in Manchester, England, in 2009.

The Oslo district court sentenced alleged ringleader Mikael Davud, to seven years in prison and co-defendant Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak to three and a half years.

Judge Oddmund Svarteberg said the court found that Davud, a Chinese Muslim, “planned the attack together with al-Qaida.” Bujak was deeply involved in the preparations, but it couldn’t be proved that he was aware of Davud’s contacts with al-Qaida, the judge said.

The third defendant, David Jakobsen, who assisted police in the investigation, was convicted on an explosives charge and sentenced to four months in prison — time he’s already served in pretrial detention.

Defense lawyers for the three told the court they would study the verdict before deciding whether to appeal.

Davud smiled and waved to photographers as he left the court. His defense lawyer, Carl Konow Rieber-Mohn, told The Associated Press later Monday that he would advise his client to appeal.

The case was Norway’s most high-profile terror investigation until last July, when a right-wing extremist killed 77 people in a bomb and shooting massacre.

The three men, who were arrested in July 2010, made some admissions but pleaded innocent to terror conspiracy charges and rejected any links to al-Qaida.

During the trial Davud denied he was taking orders from al-Qaida, saying he was planning a solo raid against the Chinese Embassy in Oslo. He said he wanted revenge for Beijing’s oppression of Uighurs, a Muslim minority in western China.

Davud, who moved to Norway in 1999 and later became a Norwegian citizen, also said his co-defendants helped him acquire bomb-making ingredients but didn’t know he was planning an attack.

Prosecutors said the Norwegian cell first wanted to attack Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, whose 12 cartoons of Muhammad sparked furious protests in Muslim countries in 2006, and then changed plans to seek to murder one of the cartoonists instead.

Bujak, an Iraqi Kurd, said the paper and the cartoonist were indeed the targets, but described the plans as “just talk.”

Prosecutors had to prove the defendants worked together in a conspiracy, because a single individual plotting an attack is not covered under Norway’s anti-terror laws.

“There is no doubt that Davud took the initiative to prepare the terror act and that he was the ring leader,” the judge said as he delivered the verdict.

He said Davud planned to carry out the attack himself by placing a bomb outside Jyllands-Posten’s offices in Aarhus, in western Denmark.

The men had been under surveillance for more than a year when authorities moved to arrest them. Norwegian investigators, who worked with their U.S. counterparts, said the defendants were building a bomb in a basement laboratory in Oslo.

Jakobsen, an Uzbek national who changed his name after moving to Norway, provided some of the chemicals for the bomb, but claims he did not know they were meant for explosives. Jakobsen contacted police and served as an informant, but still faced charges for his involvement before that.

An Associated Press investigation in 2010 showed that authorities learned early on about the alleged cell by intercepting emails from an al-Qaida operative in Pakistan and — thanks to those early warnings — were able to secretly replace a key bomb-making ingredient with a harmless liquid when Jakobsen ordered it at an Oslo pharmacy.

The judge said it had been proven that Davud had contacts with al-Qaida in Pakistan, and that his notebook contained references to Saleh al-Somali, al-Qaida’s chief of external operations, who officials believe helped organize the New York, Manchester and Norway plots. He was killed in a CIA drone strike in Pakistan in 2009.

During the trial, prosecutors presented testimony obtained in the U.S. in April from three American al-Qaida recruits turned government witnesses.

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  • Tonto

    I have been thinking lately that those persons involved in crap like this are victims of boredom…..as in, they don’t have enough to do and life is too easy.  Maybe if they weren’t being cared for from womb to tomb by the socialist societies that breed such morons, and actually had to root and scrabble for a living, they wouldn’t have time for such stupid shit.  Well, that will change as the socialists run out of other people’s money.

  • CMartel

    I think much of this pathetic nonsense is the result of the built-in intolerance that comes with islam.  Muslims are taught from birth that they are superior to the rest of us and will not tolerate any criticism of their belief system and way of life. Their frustration is manifested in their violent behavior and stems from their lack of power, and the fact that the rest of the world will not take them seriously.   The practice of lying for the sake of islam (taqiyya) include the false claims of persecution against Muslims, and the invention of stories about hate crimes against Muslims.  It is absolutely inconceivable that anyone could ever reject Islam on logical or rational grounds, therefore to claim to do so indicates a failing in intelligence or morality on the part of the infidel.
     
    Islam is an inferiority complex on a massive scale

  • http://www.kalamullah.com/Books/islam-guide.pdf Opponent

    If somebody drew mocking caricatures of your late father, you wouldn’t be too happy either.

    Why does everyone have to be so harsh? Why no respect?

  • SirWilhelm

    Opponent. It doesn’t take much research on Islam to learn that Mohammed was a lying, thieving, caravan raiding, raping, child molesting, murdering, backstabbing, prophet of a diety that proclaimed itself the Greatest Deceiver. What’s to respect?

  • Anonymous

     I wouldn’t be happy but I also wouldn’t riot, rape, burn or murder over someone’s lack of respect.

    All of your moral relativisms have so far done nothing but show how utterly lopsided and wrong moral relativism is.

  • Tonto

    Wow, what skewed values.  Kinda like liberals that condone killing 822 fetus every day in abortion clinics but get all worked up about executing a convicted murderer.  These clowns were plotting to destroy property and possibly kill and maim PEOPLE over a fucking cartoon!  What lunacy.  If you actually condone crap like this opponent, you should be shot on sight just to improve humanity! 

  • Anonymous

     You know what’s really scary?

    This moral relativism argument comes not only from the musloids but from leftards as well.

    Like that puke that was fouling up the board here a couple of months ago trying to tell me that forcing bagheads to remove their slave rags for identification purposes was just as bad as the imprisonment and rape of religious minorities in dar al islam.

    And these vile cretins constantly beat others over the head with their false sense of moral superiority.

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