A compromise with the prosecution, who wanted a whopping twelve years for Geele’s axe-wielding home invasion. An update on this story. “Denmark stiffens sentence for cartoonist attacker,” by Mette Fraende for Reuters, June 22:
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – A Danish appeals court Wednesday lengthened the prison sentence of a Somali man to 10 years from nine for attempting to kill a cartoonist whose 2005 drawing of the Prophet Mohammad provoked Muslim outrage.
Muhudiin Mohamed Geele broke into the home of cartoonist Kurt Westergaard with an axe on New Year’s Day last year.
The 29-year old was sentenced to nine years imprisonment in February after he was found guilty of attempted terrorism, manslaughter and violence against a police officer.
But prosecutors appealed and asked for a 12-year sentence.
The court called the attack an attempt to frighten the population and destabilize society, and thus an act of terror.
I sentence you to Somalia:
Geele was also sentenced to be expelled and banned from Denmark for life after serving his sentence.
He had pleaded not guilty to the terror and manslaughter charges, but guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon and breaking and entering. He said he had entered the cartoonist’s home intending only to frighten him.
Westergaard’s drawing of the Prophet with a turban resembling a bomb was one of a dozen cartoons lampooning Islam published in 2005 by the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, which led to violent protests in 2006.
Most Muslims consider any depiction of the founder of Islam offensive….
So we’ve heard.