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Swede extradited over 'Muhammad cartoon plot'

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Swede extradited over 'Muhammad cartoon plot'
17:09 CEST+02:00
A man arrested in Stockholm in connection to a foiled plot to murder staff at Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper that published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, is set to face trial in Denmark, a Swedish court ruled Monday.

Sabhi Zalouti, a 37 year-old Swede of Tunisian origin, was arrested in Stockholm in December while three of his alleged accomplices -- two of them Swedish citizens -- were arrested and are currently held in Denmark.

"Sabhi Zalouti will be sent to Denmark for legal proceedings in accordance to the European arrest order Denmark's justice ministry put out on March 9th 2011," the Attunda district court in the Stockholm suburb of Sollentuna said in its decision

Court documents showed Zalouti agreed with the decision on the basis that he could serve his sentence in Sweden.

He was being held on suspicion of "preparing terrorist crimes" and is wanted in Denmark on charges of attempted terrorism.

Danish officials said Zalouti and his accomplices were planning to kill as many as possible at the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands-Posten daily.

In 2005, Jyllands-Posten published a dozen cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad

that triggered violent and sometimes deadly protests around the world.

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