04 Feb '11, 6pm

Danish cartoonist's attacker jailed nine years

AARHUS, Denmark : A Danish court on Friday jailed a Somali Islamist for nine years and told him that he would then be sent back to his homeland for trying to butcher a cartoonist who caricatured the Prophet Mohammed. A day after Mohamed Geele was found guilty of attempted murder and terrorism for a New Year's Day axe attack last year, the court in the central Danish city of Aarhus disregarded his plea to be spared expulsion back to war-torn Somalia after his time behind bars. "Mohamed Geele is sentenced to nine years in prison and expulsion from Denmark for life," Ingrid Thorsboe, who headed the case's three-judge team, told the court. Geele's legal team immediately announced that they would appeal. A six-member jury at the district court had convicted Geele, 29, on Thursday at the end of a trial which had gripped Denmark. During the trial, the 75-year-old cartoonist Kurt ...

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