Sunday, January 3, 2010

Muhammad cartoon: Somali denies attempted manslaughter charges while he lay on a stretcher in court


A man charged with the attempted murder of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard is carried into court on a stretcher in Aarhus, Denmark, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010. Police shot a Somali man wielding an ax and a knife after he broke into the home of an artist whose cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb-shaped turban outraged the Muslim world, the head of Denmark's intelligence agency said Saturday.

The young man being charged by police for the attempted manslaughters of the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and a police officer has appeared in a remand hearing in Århus on a stretcher and denies the charges.


The Danish-Somali man arrived at court on a stretcher, covered with white hospital blankets and with a towel around his head to prevent him from being recognised.

Remand Judge Kristian Richter has issued an injunctioin against naming the man and has remanded him in custody for four weeks, two of which are to be in isolation.

According to’s reporter at the scene, the 28-year-old was weak and pleaded not guilty to the two counts of attempted manslaughter brought against him. He is described as having a crewcut and with a small goatee beard. His arm is in a thick bandage while his leg is in a splint.

Police reports have previously said that the young man was shot in the hand and leg after attacking police officers with an axe.


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