The death of the author of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad was recognized as an accident

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 The death of the author of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad was recognized accident

The death of Swedish cartoonist Lars Wilks in a car accident last October was an accident, the country's Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday, June 15.

“What happened on the highway is a tragic accident. We conducted an extensive analysis with a technical investigation on site and also interviewed witnesses. The car was inspected and the records of telephone conversations were analyzed,” Swedish Attorney General Per Nichols said, according to Dagens Nyheter.

The driver of the police car carrying the cartoonist lost control and crashed into a truck.

To recall, Swedish artist Lars Wilks, who lived under police protection because of death threats for his 2007 caricature of the Prophet Mohammed, died in a car accident in early October last year.

Wilks was largely unknown outside Sweden in his cartoons. At home, he was best known for building a driftwood sculpture without permission in a nature reserve in southern Sweden, sparking a lengthy legal dispute. He was fined, but the sculpture on the coast attracts tens of thousands of visitors a year.

Vilks' life changed dramatically 13 years ago when he painted the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog. Conservative Muslims consider dogs unclean, and Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet, even a favorable one, for fear it could lead to idolatry.

Al-Qaeda has promised a reward for Wilks' death. In 2010, two men tried to burn down his house in southern Sweden. Last year, a Pennsylvania woman pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill him.

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