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 Norwegian court upholds expulsion of Islamic extremist Mullah Krekar

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Norwegian court upholds expulsion of Islamic extremist Mullah Krekar  9.11.2007

 



November 9, 2007

Oslo, Norway, -- The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a government order to expel the founder of the Iraqi extremist terrorist group Ansar al-Islam, a suspected Islamic terror group in Iraqi Kurdistan, as a threat to Norwegian national security.

Two lower courts had also upheld a government order to deport Kurdish leader Mullah Krekar, a refugee in Norway since 1991. Even though the Supreme Court ruling was final, conditions in Iraq made it unlikely that he would promptly be returned to his homeland.

"There is clearly enough evidence that Krekar is a threat to national security through his presence in Norway," said Hans Flock, one of the Supreme Court justices.

Krekar, born Najm al-Din Faraj Ahmad, founded the Ansar al-Islam group listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and Iraqi Kurdistan. The group is also suspected in suicide bombings of coalition forces in Iraqi Kurdistan.      

Mullah Krekar, the founder of radical and Terrorist Islamist group Ansar al-Islam. Krekar, whose real name is Fateh Najmeddin Faraj

Krekar has said he no longer leads Ansar al-Islam, and denies links to al-Qaida. The United Nations in December 2006 added him to a list of people believed associated with al-Qaida.
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In a civil suit brought before Norway's highest court, Krekar sought to challenge the grounds for earlier court rulings, and the government's order to expel him, which also strips Krekar of his refugee status, visa rights and all related benefits.

Part of the case was also to test how far the courts can go in ruling on or reversing the decisions of Norwegian government agencies in such cases.

During the high court hearings, Krekar's lawyer Harald Stabell argued that his client had not been able to adequately defend himself because a report on why he as seen as national security risk was kept secret. All such reports are classified in Norway.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court noted that Krekar, in his own book, had written about meeting Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, and that the terror network has specifically threatened Norway on several occasions.

It also said Krekar repeatedly returned home to autonomous Kurdistan region in 'northern Iraq', even though he had been granted refugee status in Norway by claiming it was unsafe for him there.

Krekar was arrested at an airport outside Amsterdam, Netherlands, in September 2002, after Iran denied him entry and sent him back to Europe. He was deported to Norway in January 2003 because he had residency there.

The radical Ansar al-Islam terrorist group is banned in Kurdistan region (Iraq) and listed as a terrorist group by USA and Iraqi Kurdistan. Mullah Krekar, the founder of radical and Terrorist Islamist group Ansar al-Islam. Krekar, whose real name is Fateh Najmeddin Faraj, living in Oslo.
The mostly Kurdish Sunni extremist group is tied to al-Qaeda in Iraq and suspected in suicide bombings of coalition forces in Iraq.
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Krekar wanted in Iraqi Kurdistan region on charges of terrorist attacks in the region.

Norwegian state radio network NRK reported on October 9, that Krekar runs several Internet sites, including one called www.dorbeen.com that presents American loses in Iraq and Afghanistan as positive developments and has links to other sites with videos of attacks on U.S. forces.

Krekar has refused to talk about the site. NRK said there is no doubt that the sites are registered to Krekar's wife and are operated from his home address in Oslo.

"Osama bin Laden is a good man. I wish him a long life. He is a good Muslim and he is against the Bush administration," Krekar, known for his controversial statements, told AFP in Oslo in 2006.

Ansar al-Islam terrorist attacks in Kurdistan region (Iraq):

Seven Kurdish border guards killed in Iraqi Kurdistan ambush by Ansar al-Islam terrorist group on July 16, 2007

In May 2005 a suicide bomber killed at least 60 people and wounded 150 more when he blew himself up at the office of a Kurdish party in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil

On May 9, 2007 a suicide truck bomber from Ansar al-Islam kills 19, wounds 70 in Iraqi Kurdistan's capital of Erbil, Kurdish Ansar al-Islam terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

May 13 was another bloody day for the Kurds, a suicide car bomb targeted the headquarters of the KDP party in Makhmour city in Kurdistan region killed at least 30 people and wounded 115 others including the city's mayor. Nine members of Ansar al-Islam were arrested for these terrorist attacks. Security forces in Iraq’s Kurdistan autonomous region have arrested several followers of previously tolerated Islamist parties, accusing them of links to insurgents.

On February 26, 2007, Houzan Mahmoud, an international representative of MADRE's sister organization, the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq, received a death threat by e-mail signed by Ansar al-Islam terrorist group. The death threat, delivered via e-mail, read, "With the permission of Great God, we will kill you either in Iraq or in London by the middle of March, because you are campaigning against Islam. You should be sent to God for punishment."

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