Two charged over cartoonist 'murder plot'

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Two men were charged last night in Ireland with an alleged plot to murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks.

Algerian Ali Charafe Damache and Abdul-Salam Mansour Al-Jehani, from Libya, were brought before a special late-night court sitting. Damache was charged with sending a menacing text message while Al-Jehani was charged with an immigration offence.

The men were arrested in Ireland last week in connection with an international conspiracy to kill Mr Vilks, whose controversial depictions of the Muslim prophet were printed in a newspaper in Sweden in 2007. Five others arrested in connection with the alleged plot have been released without charge.