A Danish appeals court on Tuesday upheld a guilty verdict of a Somali man convicted of attempted murder and terrorism for his axe attack on a cartoonist who caricatured the Prophet Mohammed.

'The High Court has also found the defendant guilty of attempted terrorism in having tried to kill Kurt Westergaard and has for the most part upheld the lower court's reasons in determining guilt,' the court in Viborg in central Denmark said in its ruling.

Mohamed Geele, 29, was found guilty by the lower court in February and sentenced to nine years in prison to be followed by permanent expulsion from Denmark.

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