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The Foreigner Convicted terrorists to appeal. Mikael Davud and Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak are to appeal their prison sentences handed down in the ‘terror three’ trial, reports say. Both men were arrested and indicted for plotting terrorism on Danish and Norwegian targets in 2010. Norway's Police Security Service (PST) is convinced that all three men have connections to al-Qaida. Last week’s convictions on these charges were the first in Norwegian legal history. Uighur (China) Davud and Bujak from Iraq were given seven years, and three years six months, respectively. The third, Uzbek David Jakobsen, received four months but was considered to have already served his time. 

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Convicted terrorists to appeal

Published on Tuesday, 7th February, 2012 at 13:51 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

Mikael Davud and Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak are to appeal their prison sentences handed down in the ‘terror three’ trial, reports say.



‘Misled’

Both men were arrested and indicted for plotting terrorism on Danish and Norwegian targets in 2010. Norway's Police Security Service (PST) is convinced that all three men have connections to al-Qaida. Last week’s convictions on these charges were the first in Norwegian legal history.

Uighur (China) Davud and Bujak from Iraq were given seven years, and three years six months, respectively. The third, Uzbek David Jakobsen, received four months but was considered to have already served his time. 

Bujak alleges Davud misled him into believing the target was Danish paper Jyllands-Posten when this was never the Uighur’s intention, reports NRK. 

According to Bujak’s defence counsel, Brynjar Meling, “there could be a situation whereby he has tried to explain during his custody period why he was arrested, and this was found to be the natural scenario.”

Bujak changed his opinion regarding what he was a part of under the trial, subsequently believing Jyllands-Posten not to be the target. His appeal is part-based on this, as these were the original grounds for the ruling. 

“He [Davud] has allowed him to live in a delusion about this, and used him in a game. It is important in this case, because there must be two parties who agree with a significant supposed agreement for there to be a terrorist association as such. There is no union when one party is misled by another, therefore.”

Mr Meling believes there is no other evidence to support the alleged objective was the paper apart from his client’s testimony.

‘Unfair’

One of Davud’s defence counsels tells NRK his client is appealing both the question of guilt and his sentence. Arvid Humlen says there are four reasons regarding the first.

“He believes there is no evidence in the claim there was an agreement with al-Qaida regarding an attack on the Danish newspaper. Secondly, there was no agreement that existed at any time between him and co-defendant Bujak."

Mr Hulmen continues, “We also think the scope of the planned attack meant it was never an act of terror, and disagree with the court that the goal being a newspaper should contribute to lowering the threshold for what can be considered as a terrorist act.”

The counsel alleges his client neither was interested in, nor knew the location of Jyllands-Posten.

“He [Davud] believes the verdict is unfair, and he is upset because he has not been believed that the purchase [of bomb-making materials] would be used against the Chinese embassy in the struggle for Uyghur rights.”



Published on Tuesday, 7th February, 2012 at 13:51 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

This post has the following tags: oslodistrictcourt, kurtwestergaard, norwaychineseembassy, jyllands-posten, terrortrial.





  
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