A court in Denmark has found a Somali man guilty of attempted terrorism for trying to kill a cartoonist whose portrayal in 2005 of the prophet Mohammad, led to outrage in the muslim world.
Satirist Kurt Westergaard is seen as a symbol of freedom and democracy in Denmark, and local media say that is what led to the terror verdict, because it was seen as an attack on the nation as a whole. His caricature of the Prophet Mohammed was one of a dozen published around the same time by a Danish newspaper, leading to violent protests in 2006.
The somali man was also convicted of attempted manslaughter for the attack, which took place when he broke into the victims home with an axe on New Year’s Day 2010.
He is expected to be sentenced on Friday.