A Swedish court convicted two brothers of trying to burn down the home of an artist whose Prophet Muhammad depiction infuriated some Muslims, and sentenced each of them Thursday to more than two years in prison.
The attempted arson attack was motivated by a controversial 2007 sketch by artist Lars Vilks that depicted Muhammad as a dog, the Helsingborg District Court said. The defendants, aged 19 and 21, were not identified by name due to Swedish privacy rules.
Vilks was not at home during the May 14 attack, in which several windows were broken and flammable liquid sprayed into the kitchen and on the building's outer walls. Passers-by reported the vandalism to police, who then discovered plastic bottles filled with gasoline outside the house and a coat containing a key to one of the brothers' apartments. They also found evidence the brothers had used a home computer to search for Vilks' home address.