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Vilks arsonists face appeals court trial

Vilks arsonists face appeals court trial

Published: 06 Sep 2010 08:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Sep 2010 08:09 GMT+02:00

Two brothers sentenced to prison for firebombing the home of Swedish artist Lars Vilks in mid-May will appear in court on Monday to appeal the ruling.

The brothers, previously identified by the tabloid Expressen as Mensur, 20, and Mentor Alija, 21, received two- and three-year prison sentences respectively for attempted arson from Helsingborg district court in July.

Throughout the proceedings, the Alijas, who are Swedish nationals of Kosovar origin, have continued to deny any involvement in the crime despite the evidence against them.

The attack resulted in a small fire at Vilks' home in Nyhamnsläge, north of Höganäs on the west coast, that later went out by itself.

The Alijas, who are from Landskrona in southern Sweden, were arrested in May after two jackets with a driver's license, bank account information and keys to the brothers' home were found outside Vilks' home.

Both brothers have denied their involvement, even though Mensur Alija reportedly suffered serious burns on the night of May 15th, when the attack occurred. He has claimed he was involved in a barbecue accident.

The attack occured three days after Vilks was attacked during a lecture at Uppsala University.

Vilks has faced numerous death threats and a suspected assassination plot since his drawing of the Muslim prophet with the body of a dog to illustrate an editorial on the importance of freedom of expression.

The cartoon was first published by Swedish regional daily Nerikes Allehanda in 2007

The drawing's publication prompted protests by Muslims in the town of Örebro, west of Stockholm, 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 a $50,000 bonus if his throat was slit - and $50,000 for the death of Nerikes Allehanda editor-in-chief Ulf Johansson.

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09:24 September 6, 2010 by calebian22
"have continued to deny any involvement in the crime despite the evidence against them."

Apparently a guilty convict doesn't exist in Sweden either.
09:27 September 6, 2010 by flintis
Hang 'em high
09:35 September 6, 2010 by engagebrain
In most countries you need grounds for an appeal.
10:22 September 6, 2010 by Rishonim
BBQ accident eh? LOL
13:28 September 6, 2010 by RobinHood
Re: the barbeque accident. Islamic scripture experts help out here please.

What does the Koran say about lying and liars?
14:23 September 6, 2010 by donutwallah
Lying is OK in order to deceive kuffars.
14:47 September 6, 2010 by travels
@RobinHood

You ask: "What does the Koran say about lying and liars?"

The Koran says that is not only okay in the defense of Islam (like in this case) but also a tactic against the infidels (non Muslims). Look up taqiyya and kitman.
16:00 September 6, 2010 by eZee.se
I'm surprised that the nutters have not taken over this topic by now...

probably because you guys above sound like you have come prepared :-D
16:10 September 6, 2010 by freecommentator
If this has been performed by Swedish descendants of Kossovar, one may well wonder what can happen if Kossovo is recognized as a sovereign State by European countries in the future, and its citizens be granted free movment within all the EU territory.
17:01 September 6, 2010 by Uncle
The nutters are still furious after the SD and Niqab forums. They are sharpening the beheading knifes with which they prove that Islam is the most peaceful religion ever.
01:11 September 7, 2010 by Syftfel
I only hope we can get some useful information about this "appeal" before the 19th. My electoral choices depend on it.
08:20 September 7, 2010 by rugla
One only wished that if you, shaved them bathed them, then tar and feathered the boneheads, will do the trick, but doubt it!

Religion is no excuse for crime, they are terrorists!

I´m sick of brain washed idiots hiding behind Mohammed's skirt and the Koran, to induce fear on others!
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