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British Muslim Convicted of Incitement to Murder During Cartoon Protests


A London court has convicted a British Muslim on charges of incitement to murder during last year's protests against cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Umran Javed, 27, was one of the leaders of a February protest against the cartoons held outside the Danish embassy in London.

The court also found him guilty of racial incitement but did not pronounce sentence, which the Reuters news agency said could involve a prison term.

Javed acknowledged calling for bomb attacks in the United States and Denmark but expressed regret, describing his statements as slogans shouted in the heat of the moment.

The protests followed the publication in Danish and other newspapers of cartoons that showed the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban. Some of the London protesters carried signs praising the 2005 suicide bombings on the city's transit system, which killed 52 people.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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