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Lars Vilks murder plot

"Jihad Jane" prepared to plead "guilty"

Published lördag 29 januari 2011 kl 11.31
A date for the trial of "Jihad Jane" will be set within 90 days. Meanwhile the artist Lars Vilks continues to receive threats. Photo: Scanpix. Montage: SR

The lawyer of Colleen LaRose, also known as "Jihad Jane", has told the american tv-channel CNN that she will plead "guilty" of involvement in the plans to kill the Swedish artist Lars Vilks, the news agency TT reports.

LaRose was taken into custody in 2009 and she became wider known last spring when she was linked to a group of people arrested in Ireland for conspiring to kill Vilks, who in 2007 outraged many when he drew the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog.

The lawyer of "Jihad Jane", Mark Wilson, tells CNN that he expects a longer prison sentence is awaiting his client. According to TT, it is however not clear why she is now prepared to give a "guilty" plea.

When asked to comment LaRose's planned "guilty" plea, Vilks tells the news agency TT that he has become "hardened" to this kind of news. "A lot of people try to make a joke out the fact that she was just an American house wife. And sure, there are a lot of amateur terrorists that are not particularly skilful, but they are often prepared to give it a try, and that id bad enough," says Vilks.

Vilks tells TT that he has recently received new threats. According to the artist himself, it was a man who called him up from Somalia. "He was very brief, he only had three words: 'Soon, soon, soon,' he shouted down the phone," says Vilks. Then he followed it up with a mobile phone text message with the same words, and signed it with "al Shabab". The Swedish intelligence service Säpo is aware of these latest threats.

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