Seven Muslims arrested over ‘plot to kill cartoonist’
Anti-terrorist units used information from the CIA, FBI and European intelligence agencies to identify the suspected terrorist cell of three women and four men. They are believed to include Algerian, Libyan, Croatian, US and Palestinian citizens and at least one naturalised Irish citizen.
They were arrested in Cork and Waterford after a four-month international investigation.
The artist, Lars Vilks, has received death threats this year and was forced to go into hiding after his depictions of the Prophet were printed in a Swedish newspaper in 2007.
After the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard was threatened by a Somali axeman in January, 2010, Mr Vilks said he had received calls from “a Swedish-speaking Somali” who said: “Now it’s your turn.”
Irish police said that three men and two women were arrested in Waterford city and Tramore and a man and a woman in Ballincollig, Cork. They range in age from the mid-20s to late 40s and are understood to include at least one convert to Islam.
Senior police officers were eager to stress they do not believe that those arrested are members of the terrorist group and posed no threat to Irish security.
At least one of the suspects is a naturalised Irish citizen while a number of others have attempted to claim asylum.
Superintendent John Gilligan said the investigation involved security agencies in a number of countries.
“It’s an international investigation in the sense that we are operating here in Ireland in relation to conspiracy to murder someone in another jurisdiction and we are operating in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies,” he said.
Mobile phones, personal documents, computers and discs were seized in raids on homes during the arrests. Some of those arrested are believed to be converts to Islam.
The suspects had been living legally in Ireland for up to ten years. Some arrived as refugees and none is in full-time employment.”
How much of this must we endure before leaders of the world begin to act. I give credit to the boldness and awareness of Geert Wilders. He is the one being accused of hate (against Muslims). How can that be; he does not want them dead. He just wants them out of his country so the majority of the people he loves will not be killed by Muslims. Muslims act using the term ‘justification for persecution’ as their call to action.
We must recognize that “hate” and “kill” are common to the Islamist ideology. This is an ideology of hate. Understand it. Do not defend it, or know in so doing you have also become a hater of the free world.
May peace be on the minds of all readers, not deceit, hate or killing, but honesty, truth and wisdom. Grace and peace to all.