Rare glimpse of sanity spotted in Norway.
Jail Krekar for five years: Norway prosecutor
Published: 28 Feb 2012 05:50 GMT+1
A Norwegian prosecutor called Tuesday for Mullah Krekar, the founder of radical Iraqi Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, to be sentenced to five years in prison for issuing death threats against a former government minister, media reported.
The 55-year-old mullah, whose real name is Najmeddine Faraj Ahmad and who has lived in Norway since 1991, has pleaded not guilty to threatening the life of Erna Solberg, an ex-minister who signed his expulsion order in 2003 because he was considered a threat to national security.
Krekar’s name is on terrorist lists drawn up by the United Nations and the United States.
His deportation process began in 2003 but has yet to be carried out since Norwegian law prevents him from being deported to Iraq until his safety can be guaranteed and as long as he risks the death penalty.
“Norway will pay a heavy price for my death,” he said during a meeting with international media in June 2010.
“If for example Erna Solberg deports me and I die as a result, she will suffer the same fate,” he said in Arabic, adding: “I don’t know who will kill her: Al-Qaeda, Ansar al-Islam, my family, my children. I don’t know… But she will pay the price.”