Krekar indicted for making threats

Mullah Krekar, who came to Norway as a refugee and later was deemed a threat to national security, is now under indictment for making threats against the head of Norway’s Conservative Party, Erna Solberg. State prosecutors confirmed the long-expected indictment to TV2 on Tuesday.

Mullah Krekar at last year's press conference with foreign journalists in Oslo, at which he said that "if a leader like Erna Solberg sends me out, and I die, she will suffer the same fate." He's now under indictment for making threats. PHOTO: Views and News/Nina Berglund

The indictment comes more than year after Krekar, in a wide-ranging press conference in June 2010 with foreign journalists based in Oslo, said that Norway “will pay a price” if state authorities finally succeed in deporting him. Even though Krekar remains constantly critical of the Norwegian government and society, he has resisted being sent back to northern Iraq because he claims his life would be in danger there or that Iraqi authorities themselves might execute him.

He had tangled with Solberg when she was a government minister before the current left-center coalition government took over. Even though she no longer has any authority in immigration matters, Krekar said at last year’s press conference that “if a leader like Erna Solberg sends me out, and I die, she will suffer the same fate.” He clarified later that “If I die, those who are the reason for that will suffer the same fate.”

Krekar went on to say that he had no assassination plan himself but his “followers” would likely carry one out.

Krekar’s remarks were reported on this website and quickly picked up by Norwegian media including TV2 and Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), which also got hold of video from the press conference from which they’d been excluded because Krekar didn’t want to talk to Norwegian reporters. Subsequent reports in the Norwegian media set off new public outrage and upset many Norwegian politicians, not least Progress Party leader Siv Jensen, whose party also has been identified by Krekar as one of his enemies.

While Solberg seemed inclined at the time to ignore Krekar’s remarks, Jensen ultimately reported Krekar to the police for making threats. It was her police report that led to Krekar being called in for questioning last fall and, now, the indictment against him.

A spokesman for police intelligence unit PST had told reporters earlier this year that initial charges of making threats and inciting terrorist acts could evolve into an indictment. The government remains unable to deport the controversial Muslim cleric because Norwegian officials have been unable to extract assurances from Iraqi officials that he won’t be executed.

Krekar’s defense attorney Brynjar Meling has tried to downplay Krekar’s remarks, saying they were merely a response to threats made against Krekar himself and in line with the teachings of the Koran. Melig told NRK Tuesday that he didn’t expect a trial to occur before the end of the year. Krekar faces a maximum prison term of 15 years.

Solberg, meanwhile, issued a press release on Tuesday saying she’s now glad that the police and state prosecutor have taken Krekar’s remarks seriously. “If the police believe Krekar has broken the law then it’s good that he’s indicted,” she said, adding that “this is a question for the courts and not politicians.” Jensen has been keen to keep Krekar in jail until the day comes when he finally can be sent out of Norway.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund
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  • C.

    Who cares if the Iraqis execute him? If he doesn’t want to go home, then why is he causing a stink and threatening the people who are harboring him? Even in jail, the Norwegian people are carrying the burden of his well being. Send him home and let him fend for himself. Everyone is entitled to an opinion but if you feel no loyalty to your country then what does it owe you? And it owes even less than that to a non-citizen.

  • Caleb

    Please send this guy out of Norway. He has absolutely no respect for a country that has treated him well. He continually bashes Norway for being liberal and tolerant, and wants to shape Norway into a more “Muslim-acting” society, but he himself doesn’t even want to move back to such a society. He is not simply preaching from the Koran, he is inciting violent acts and causing a lot of unneeded tension. When you start threatening politicians and announcing Norway’s destruction, it’s time to go. He doesn’t like Norway, he apparently doesn’t want to be in Norway, so just go already.

  • Matt

    Yep send him packing! Muslims shouldn’t complain of negative publicity about their religion when they let people like this be a cleric!

    • Ali Mehmet Deniz

      Yes I agree, send him packing. You do know however that “Muslim” is an extremely loose term which over a billion people identify with to one extent or another? So when you say “Muslims shouldn’t complain” what exactly do you mean?

      Should Christians never complain about any kind of negative publicity because they “let” paedophiles become priests? Is all negative publicity regarding Christians warranted because of that?

      I am an agnostic/atheist from a secular but predominantly Muslim country, my grandmother prayed 5 times a day, she was a devout Muslim and I loved her very much. Am I not justified in being just a little bit offended when somebody indirectly lumps her and I in with this bastard Krekar? Am I somehow culpable? Should I have somehow stopped him from being a cleric? Should I quit my day job and focus my attention on this idiot?

      What would you have done, Matthew? What have you done about paedophile priests? What have you done about the Westboro Baptist Church? Nothing? Then don’t ever complain about any kind of negative publicity about you and yours.

  • Matthew

    Hi Ali
    You have some good arguments. There certainly are alot of reasons for bad publicity about Christians. My Mother and grandparents practice Christianity along the same lines as your grandmother but my practices/religious views are like yours. Although the WBC are dispicable people along the same line as Krekar. they don’t actively incite violence against people, issue fatwas (whatever the christian equivalent would be?) or call for the beheading of people who they think have insulted their view of their religion.
    I recently visited Turkey which your name suggests you may be from. I have to say what a breath of fresh air. Beautiful country and wonderful people. If more of the Muslim world was like Turkey there would be no bad publicity.

  • stacy carter

    In 3 years he will be an advisor to the government payed for by local tax , and a visiting lecturer at universitys