Norwegian court convicts three in connection with Al Qaeda plot to attack Danish newspaper

Mikael Davud, a Norwegian of Chinese Muslim origin, was convicted on Monday of planning an attack on a Danish newspaper, according to Reuters. Two co-defendants, Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak and David Jakobsen, were also convicted on lesser charges.

Davud, who allegedly had ties to Al Qaeda, is accused of leading a plot to bomb a Danish newspaper that had published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, reported the Associated Press.

Investigators said the plot was linked to thwarted attacks on the New York City metro and a shopping mall in Manchester, England, in 2009.

Davud was sentenced to seven years in prison, Bujak to three and a half years and Jakobsen, an Uzbek with Norwegian residency, to four months, according to Reuters. Judge Oddmund Svarteberg said Davud had “planned the attack together with Al Qaeda,” according to the AP.

Davud denied links to Al Qaeda and admitted that he intended to attack sites like the Chinese embassy in Oslo, stating he wanted revenge for the oppression of a Muslim minority in China. He was only charged with the Danish newspaper plot.

Jyllands-Posten is the Danish newspaper which sparked controversy and protests in 2005 with the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in caricatures. The global protests spread through Muslim countries making Danish embassies the targets of arson, according to Bloomberg.

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These convictions are the first under Norwegian anti-terror laws which came into effect in 2002, under which prosecutors have to prove conspiracy between two or three people to carry out an attack. The men were arrested in 2010. 

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