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 New charges filed against Iraqi Kurdish Islamic extremist leader in Norway

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New charges filed against Iraqi Kurdish Islamic extremist leader in Norway  11.7.2012 

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Mullah Krekar (56) , whose real name is Fateh Najmeddin Faraj, an Iraqi Kurd, he founded the Ansar al-Islam organisation. “ He has immigrated to Norway in 1991 after “Islamic scholarship” and training in Pakistan and Afghanistan in 1980s. Krekar has also confirmed that he had meeting with Osama bin Ladin already in 1988 in Peshawar in Pakistan. He is one of the most wanted man in Iraqi Kurdistan region on charges of terrorist attacks in Kurdistan region. Photo: AFP  See Related Links
July 11, 2012

OSLO, Norway, — The Iraqi founder of an Iraqi Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam is being prosecuted in Norway for inciting terrorist acts, the public prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.

Mullah Krekar, 56, whose real name is
Fateh Najmeddin Faraj, was sentenced to five years in jail in March for issuing death threats against a former government minister and others.

Kregar was found guilty of 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.

Now, he faces three new charges of inciting terrorist acts, threatening witnesses in a case against him and criminal damage.

"New charges have been filed. The indictment was ready [Tuesday]," prosecutor Marit Bakkevig told AFP.

Krekar, whose name is on terrorist lists drawn up by the United Nations and the United States, has avoided expulsion since the order was signed nine years ago 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 there.

While Krekar acknowledges having co-founded Ansar al-Islam, which also figures on international lists of terrorist groups, in 2001, he insists he has not led the group since 2002.

Ansar al-Islam group listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and Iraqi Kurdistan government. The group is also suspected in suicide bombings of coalition forces in Iraqi Kurdistan,www.ekurd.net Krekar in one of the most wanted in Iraqi Kurdistan region on charges of terrorist attacks in the region.

Krekar has immigrated to Norway in 1991 after “Islamic scholarship” and training in Pakistan and Afghanistan in 1980s. Earlier his pictures from Afghanistan has been published in many Islamic web sites and Krekar has also confirmed via his lawyer Brynjar Meling that he had meeting with Osama bin Ladin already in 1988 in Peshawar in Pakistan.

Krekar has been living under risk of deportation since 2003 after Norwegian authorities ordered him expelled, claiming he posed a threat to national security.


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