Relentless. We’ve been warning about Islamization in Ireland more and more frequently – twice in the last two weeks. We also posted on warnings from Somali Muslims to artist Lars Vilks in January. Some of Vilk’s drawings below, and more on our Muhammad images page here.
Irish police today arrested seven suspects over an alleged plot to kill a Swedish artist who drew the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog.
The target of the alleged assassination was Lars Vilks, who had a $100,000 (£67,000) bounty put on his head by al-Qaida in 2007, with a 50% bonus if Vilks was “slaughtered like a lamb” by having his throat cut. Another $50,000 was said to have been put on the life of Ulf Johansson, editor-in-chief of Nerikes Allehanda, the local newspaper that printed the cartoon.
The four men and three women, who were detained at about 10am this morning, are in their mid-20s to late-40s and are being held at stations in Waterford, Tramore, Dungarvan and Thomastown. Garda sources have confirmed that some of those arrested hold Irish citizenship and a number are from the Middle East. Some of those questioned have been confirmed as converts to Islam.
The suspects are being held under Ireland’s Criminal Justice Act 2007. Under Irish law they can be held in custody for up to seven days.
Ireland’s anti-terrorist special detective unit was involved in the operation. A spokesman for the force said: “Throughout the investigation Garda Síochána has been working closely with law enforcement agencies in the United States and in a number of European countries.” The CIA and the FBI were involved in the investigation.
Notice the 50% bonus to slaughter Vilks halal-style. Read more via Seven arrested over alleged plot to kill cartoonist over Muhammad drawing | guardian.co.uk.
More: Threatened Swedish artist Lars Vilks says he’s not exactly “shaking with fear”:
“I have prepared in different ways and I have an axe here in case someone should manage to get in through the window”
Two Muslim men were charged in Ireland on Monday after an investigation into an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who drew a crude cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, Irish state media said. An Algerian was charged with sending a menacing text message while a Libyan was charged with an immigration offence. The men were part of a seven-strong group arrested last Tuesday in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. Only two of the seven people arrested have been charged. The other five – three women and two men – have been released. AFP