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Man held in terror swoop is sent to jail

A MAN who was questioned in relation to the alleged conspiracy to murder a Swedish cartoonist has been jailed for three months.

Libyan national Abdul Salam Monsour Khalil al Jahani (32) pleaded guilty to providing gardai in Waterford with invalid documents on March 15.

Detective Sgt Donal O'Donohue told Judge David Kennedy that he was not satisfied as to al Jahani's identity.

The unemployed man, who is not an Irish citizen, has been living here since 2001 and in October 2008 he was granted leave to stay until July 2011 under an alias, namedly that of Salim Mesraty.


He was brought before the court in breach of Sections 13 and 14 of the Immigration Act 2004.

Another man, Algerian Ali Charafe Damache (44), was remanded in custody at the District Court in Waterford until March 25 next.

He is charged in relation to sending a message by telephone of a menacing character.

He was charged with the alleged offence at a special sitting of the court on Monday evening last and gardai have 42 days from that date if they wish to bring further charges.

The men were two of seven arrested in Waterford and Cork on March 9 as part of a huge investigation involving up to 60 gardai and the FBI into the alleged plot to murder cartoonist Lars Vilks.

Swedish artist Mr Vilks doctored an image of Mohammad in 2007, depicting the prophet with the body of a dog and enraging some Muslims worldwide.