Crime

Vilks' murder-plotters acquitted on major charges

The three men being tried for plotting to murder artist Lars Vilks, were cleared of the most serious charges Friday in a Gothenburg court. They were however given fines for knife possession.

The men were arrested in September and were first suspected of plotting a terrorist attack. The Swedish security service Säpo had even conducted surveillance of the men. The prosecutor later reduced the charges to conspiracy to commit murder.

At the conclusion of the trial, the men were released from custody, a sign that they would not, in fact, be found guilty of the most serious charges in the case.