Three men charged with plotting to kill Lars Vilks, the Swedish artist who depicted Islam's Prophet Muhammad as a dog, were released Wednesday by a court ahead of its verdict announcement.

In a brief statement on the final day of the trial, the Goteborg District Court said the men, aged 24-26 and of Somali and Iraqi origin, were no longer in detention. It did not give any reasons for its decision, saying only that it will disclose more information when the verdict is announced on Jan. 20.

But typically such a decision means that the court either won't convict the defendant or that there is little, or no reason, for keeping a person detained for fear that the suspect might run away or destroy evidence.

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