Denmark stiffens sentence for cartoonist attacker

June 22, 2011 15:47


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COPENHAGEN - A Danish appeals court on Wednesday lengthened the prison sentence of a Somali man to 10 years from nine for attempting to kill a cartoonist whose 2005 drawing of the Prophet Mohammad provoked Muslim outrage.

Muhudiin Mohamed Geele was sentenced to nine years imprisonment in February after he was found guilty of attempted terrorism, manslaughter and violence against a police officer. But prosecutors appealed and asked for a 12-year sentence.

He was also sentenced to be expelled and banned from Denmark for life after serving his sentence.

Westergaard's drawing of the Prophet with a turban resembling a bomb was one of a dozen cartoons lampooning Islam published in 2005 by the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, which led to violent protests in 2006.

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