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Court convicts teenager over Lars Vilks attack

Published: 17 Jun 2010 17:17 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Jun 2010 17:17 GMT+02:00

A teenager was convicted by a Swedish court on Thursday for assaulting a police officer during an attack on Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who courted controversy with a drawing of the Prophet Muhammed.

The officer was hit by the 16-year-old as he tried to prevent the teenager from assaulting the cartoonist at a lecture at Uppsala University last month.

"He was sentenced for violence against a state employee and an assault on a state employee," a court spokesperson at Uppsala in central Sweden told AFP.

The teenager was sentenced to 20 days community service and ordered to undergo a psychological assessment and pay damages of 500 kronor ($75) to the officer.

Vilks, whose caricature caused controversy in 2007, was punched in the head in a mass brawl as he delivered a lecture at the university on May 11th. Vilks' house in southern Sweden was the target of an arson attack on May 15th.

Lars Vilks courted global attention in 2007 when the Swedish regional daily Nerikes Allehanda published his satirical cartoon depicting Muhammad as a dog to illustrate an editorial on the importance of freedom of expression.

The cartoon prompted protests by Muslims in the town of Örebro in central Sweden, where the newspaper is based, while Egypt, Iran and Pakistan made formal complaints.

An Al-Qaeda front organisation then offered $100,000 to anyone who murdered Vilks - with an extra $50,000 if his throat was slit - and $50,000 for the death of Nerikes Allehanda editor-in-chief Ulf Johansson.

The protests in Sweden echoed the uproar in Denmark caused by the publication in September 2005 of 12 drawings focused on Islam, including one showing the prophet Muhammad with a turban in the shape of a bomb.

In March, US citizen Colleen LaRose, who called herself "JihadJane" in a YouTube video, was charged by US authorities with conspiring to kill Vilks after seven suspected co-plotters were arrested in Ireland.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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20:00 June 17, 2010 by Traveler2010
Why don't you print the violent criminal attacker's name, and the fact that he is a Mosalam in the article? What kind of lame censorship is that????
21:55 June 17, 2010 by Guy with a big whang
"with an extra $50,000 if his throat was slit"

Ah yes, the religion of p!ss...oops, I meant 'peace'.

"The teenager was sentenced to 20 days community service and ordered to undergo a psychological assessment and pay damages of 500 kronor ($75) to the officer."

Bravo Sweden, that certainly will teach him his lesson. Does that community service get reduced to 12 days for good behavior? and then half for being a minority here?

Wake the f*** up already - before it's too late.
22:03 June 17, 2010 by concha de tu puta madre
I have a friend who was doing 70 on a 50 kilometre road in Stockholm and he got a 6000 kronor fine and three months license suspension. This tete de noeud assault an officer and he get 20 days community service..
22:58 June 17, 2010 by Nachos
20 days of community service for attacking a police officer.....The Swedish justice system is seriously delusional. One gets fined more for not having a ticket on the Spårvägn.
00:48 June 18, 2010 by eZee.se
Seriously, this kid is going to grow up with a lot of respect for the law /sarcasm.
02:12 June 18, 2010 by Hagrid
Stupid Vilks. How could he take such an irresponsible risk upon himself? Instead of Islam, he should have mocked Jews in his cartoons. It's much safer, no one would attack or issue death threats on you, and it would carry great popularity among Sweden's rapidly-multiplying new dwellers. Just ask Ilmar Reepalu.
06:59 June 18, 2010 by sweco1
He is full of bull.

Who cares.
07:31 June 18, 2010 by pacfactor
This is how we roll in OZ

http://www.news.com.au/national/melbourne-magistrate-jails-man-for-blowing-bubble-in-court/story-e6frfkvr-1225881131218
08:17 June 18, 2010 by adnans
Guy with a big whang@ its already too late.....
08:49 June 18, 2010 by Nachos
Sounds perfect in Aussie-land. In most of the world, attacking a cop would get you put in prison. But here in Sweden, the laws have not adapted to fit the newer and uglier types of crime that have seen the major cities in this once-safe country become violence-ridden. The police were unprepared for the spike in these types of crimes, as was the justice system. The stark increase in crime is from about 1980 and onward.

Sweden needs to ask itself some serious questions about what has changed in Swedish society since then and how to get rid of the problem.
09:16 June 18, 2010 by wolverine2k
What? How can they do this? This is gross negligence on the part of Sweden. First of all, he is a minor. And secondly he is a muslim who has been allowed entry into sweden on a red carpet. How do you expect him to pay that big amount? Maybe he will have to start a drug racket now just to pay that huge 500 SEK fine slapped on him. Or maybe start a new life by murdering an oldie!

BTW: I was fined 500 SEK when I parked in a LastZone near an Apoteket for 5 minutes. Reason I had to do it was that my baby needed a medicine urgently and I did not find a proper parking space but that is a condemnable offence. How can I get away with parking in LastZone when I don't have a Last!

Weird Sweden and Weird Swedish Laws & sentences. The first para is a totally sarcastic one. I don't even understand why everybody calls that pedophile murderer a prophet....
11:14 June 18, 2010 by Puffin
Community service is regarded as a more serious punnishment than a fine in Sweden - unlike other countries

It is only granted where a prison term was under consideration - but those under 18 are rarely placed in prison as well as the communiy service itself you have probation of at least a year and the conviction stays on your record for 10 years instead of 5 years.

However the fact that a 16 year old high school kid was at this 'University Lecture' when the minimum University age is around 19 in Sweden does pose questions about allowing this event to be open and not restricted to staff and genuine students
11:21 June 18, 2010 by flintis
The sentence is a joke, doesn't matter what Viks has done this prat had no excuse for assault.

@Trowbridge...... do hope they make an example of you if you do it, it's prats like you that give other morons all the publicity they want, & all over the caricature of a pedo. Bout time to grow up.
13:03 June 18, 2010 by Audrian
All religions parade outside the dictate of human logic. Since the end of the crusades our forefathers had shoosen co-existance. I think we should keep it that way.

This small town journalist (by insulting Islam religion prophet) is rocking the boat for the sake of a few days of fame or television appearance. What this smal mind has not seen is that he stirring immotions rather than debate.
14:57 June 18, 2010 by Guy with a big whang
This is so stupid and illogical that even the normal (pedophile) Muhammad followers have not come in to comment and take up for this hooligan.

Sweden, wake the F**K up already, this is no longer the society that you knew 30 years back, you now have people who have either come here from different Islamic countries, or were born here but still regard you as infidels who need to be wiped out because a pedophile told them so.

Your values dont mean s**t to them, they want you to follow their values... and have no problems forcing those values onto you buy either slitting your dear ones throats or blowing up a crowded bus.

I say the cops should also stir up a ruckus, imagine being able to assault a cop in front of witnesses and get less than 3 weeks of COMMUNITY SERVICE...!

These police are risking their lives everyday and people can just assult them without consequences?

It boggles the mind, it really does.
16:51 June 18, 2010 by bcterry
I guess that Sweden really is the best islamic state in the world.

Haven't you figured out yet, that appeasement only fuels their agenda?

Stand up Sweden, before you are relegated to your knees.

A friend in Canada.
22:25 June 19, 2010 by Coalbanks
Punch a Cndn cop & they will kick/tazer your arse all around the cop shop.
02:14 June 22, 2010 by james7
As much as I love Sweden and its beautiful people, I must say that the real problem here is the people and government of Sweden having allowed these stinking muslims into their country. Muslims do not have a religion, just a cult of violence. They will never assimilate and become good Swedes because they hate your culture, country, and people. They do not work and contribute to making a better society, instead they take advantage of a generous welfare system that took generations of hard working Swedes to build up.

Maybe someday the people of Sweden and Denmark will wake up. For the sake of Scandinavian civilization I certainly hope so.
12:52 December 16, 2010 by dtes
Religion and Nationalism and Greed are the source of most of the worlds problems, if you people dont like the way our society functions and you hate our culture so much then take your backward asses back to the toilet you came from and go commit suicide and kill some more of your own, but leave us alone, all we did wrong was to take you in from the storm and give you a second chance at life. but you bit the hand that was feeding you, now its time to put down the dog!
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