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Three freed in Ireland after Swedish cartoonist `plot` arrests

Last Updated: Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 10:00

Dublin: Three of seven Muslims arrested over an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who drew the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog have been released without charge, Irish police have said.
The three, two women and one man, were freed after three-and-a-half days of questioning. Three men and one woman remain in custody.

The group was arrested on Tuesday over an alleged plot to assassinate Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who has a USD 100,000 bounty on his head from an al Qaeda-linked group.

"They were released without charge," a Garda (Irish police) spokesman said.

Those arrested were three Algerians, a Libyan, a Palestinian, a Croatian and a US national, a police source said on Thursday. They ranged in age from mid 20s to late

Suspects can be held for up to a week after their arrest without charge. Police are preparing files on the three who were released for the country`s director of public prosecutions, meaning they could still face charges.

The controversy started when Swedish regional daily Nerikes Allehanda published Vilks` satirical cartoon in 2007 to illustrate an editorial on the importance of freedom of expression.

The cartoon prompted protests by Muslims in the town of Oerebro, west of Stockholm, where the newspaper is based, while Egypt, Iran and Pakistan made formal complaints.


First Published: Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 10:00

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