Radical Islamist defends alleged threats

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A young Islamist in Norway had his day in court on Monday, to defend a long string of provocative statements and alleged threats he’s made over the past few years. The case attracted the media publicity expected, as his high-profile defense attorney claimed he was testing the limits of freedom of expression.

Ubaydullah Hussain PHOTO: Facebook

Ubaydullah Hussain PHOTO: Facebook

Arslan Maroof Hussain, also known alternatively as Ubaydullah Hussain and Abaydullah Hussain, denied, as expected, that he was guilty of making threats against two Norwegian journalists, an author, Jews in Norway and a well-known researcher who testified against another radical Islamist.

Hussain, who recently stepped down as spokesman for a radical Islamist group in Norway known as Profetens Ummah, doesn’t deny making the statements that prosecutors claim break the law. Among them:

— In an e-mail to a journalist at newspaper Aftenposten, who had written about radical Norwegian Muslims who were fighting in Syria, Hussain wrote that the journalist had overstepped his bounds so gravely “that you should be concerned about your own security. This isn’t a threat, warning or scare-mail. But if something should happen to you, I will smile all the way to your funeral.”

— In another e-mail to a journalist at newspaper Dagsavisen, who had written about Islamists learning to shoot by going through the training needed to obtain a hunting license in Norway, Hussain wrote that the journalist’s story was not well-received and that she shouldn’t be surprised if somthing happened in her private life. “This isn’t a threat, just useful information for your own use,” Hussain wrote.

— After newspaper VG had reported that Norwegian Jews lacked police protection, Hussain wrote on Facebook, with a link to VG’s article, that it was “too bad” that a “brother” who fired shots at the synagogue in Oslo “didn’t hit anyone.”

— After a researcher, who later asked not to be publicly identified, testified at the trial of another radical Islamist, Hussain approached him during a court recess and told him that “with God the Almighty’s will, you will burn in hell and in this world, and In shah Allah, Muslims will take responsibility.”

Hussain is also charged with making defamatory and discriminatory comments about gay author Amal Aden, who comes from Somalia. The debate centered on whether Amal Aden should be subjected to violence.  “They should absolutely not beat her,” wrote Hussain. “They should have stoned her to death, since practicing homosexuality shall be punished with death.”

Looking for ‘an interpretation’
Hussain’s defense attorney, John Christian Elden, said that his client denies he’s guilty of the charges in his indictment. Elden says he stands by his statements, “and now we will get an interpretation” in the court of what was actually said. “It’s more a question of whether the statements are really threatening, and whether he meant them as threatening,” Elden told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “When he cites the Koran, or the Bible, there’s a question of whether that’s a violation (of Norwegian law).”

As his trial extended into the afternoon, Hussain was asked abut his praise for terrorists and terrorist attacks. He called Osama bin Laden a “freedom fighter who worked for Islam,” and said he could understand bin Laden’s attack on the US in 2001, “given the USA’s war in the Muslim lands of Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Hussain, who was born in Norway in 1985, has earlier told NRK that he thinks it’s “remarkable” that the Norwegian court system is “using its resources and time on a case like this.” He said that he nonetheless was willing to clarify his opinion that he hasn’t broken “any of your man-made Norwegian laws, but rather held to the freedom of expression that your society is so proud of.”

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

  • Truls Hå

    You mean “stands behind his statements”, right? He’s not convicted yet, and so therefore his statements are not yet considered as threats by the court.
    Mine or Yours thoughts on whether they’re threats or not doesn’t matter you see… I don’t like him or what he said, but it’s up the court to decide if they are to be seen as threats or fall under the free speech rule.

  • Alex MacDonald

    I don’t particular like living with people who believe anyone deserves to be stoned to death. Wish this guy would go and live in a country where his beliefs are legal.

    • Tom Just Olsen

      Really. I am far more afraid of the other party.
      The neo nazi islam haters. One of them, Anders Behring Breivik, killed 8 people with a 950 kg bomb that crushed most of the Norwegian government buildings. The only area in Oslo that resembles Baghdad. Later he shot dead 65 people at a political party camp at Utøya.
      Anders Behring Breivik had earlier held a membership in the far right islam hater party FrP, – now in government here in Norway. He himself had ‘the feeling’ of having support from the majority of the Norwegian people – and far beyond, in his crusade against islamism, that is about to ‘take over Europe’, as he claimed. With that kind of ‘feelings’ around in Norway I fear more can come…

      Arslan Maroof Hussain and his fellow islamic extremists are followed so closely by our security police (PST) that they can’t do anything without the police knowing the slightest thing. I find Arslan Maroof Hussain just to be a sad example of bad integration into the Norwegian society.

      • Alex MacDonald

        You blew my comment extremely out of proportion kiddo. LOL

  • janjohansennnnnn

    There are plenty of countries which he can live out his criminal wishes ( I recommend Iran, or Afghanistan or Somalia). Civilized Norway is not for him and his friends.