Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Murder contract rewards throat-slitting

Had arsonists who fire-bombed his home succeeded in killing Mohammed cartoonist Lars Vilks they would have missed out on the bonus payment:

Lars Vilks courted global attention in 2007 when the Swedish regional daily Nerikes Allehanda published his satirical cartoon depicting Muhammad as a dog to illustrate an editorial on the importance of freedom of expression.

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

An Al-Qaeda front organisation then offered $100,000 to anyone who murdered Vilks - with an extra $50,000 if his throat was slit - and $50,000 for the death of Nerikes Allehanda editor-in-chief Ulf Johansson.

Oh well, $100,000 is better than nothing.


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