Islamist dreamed of ‘crushing’ City Hall

A young Norwegian Islamist convicted of recruiting others to the terrorist organization ISIL wants to destroy all the statues around Oslo’s City Hall and longs for the day when Muslim prayers will stream out of the landmark building’s tower instead of chimes. Ubaydullah Hussain said so himself, along with many other things, in a long-anticipated documentary that was […]

Islamic group fails to resolve conflict

The embattled leader of the Islamic Council of Norway failed this week to address the concerns of the government minister responsible for the council’s now-disputed government funding. Its board leader, meanwhile, is blaming the media for what he called the “bullying, harassment and discrimination” of the council’s new communications adviser who wears a face- and body-covering niqab. “I […]

Islamist sentenced to ‘historic’ jail term

UPDATED: The Oslo City Court sentenced one of Norway’s most high-profile Islamists, Ubaydullah Hussain, to nine years in prison on Tuesday for having been a member of the terror organization ISIL and recruiting others to join it. Legal experts called the sentence “historic” because it’s the first to address illegal participation in a terrorist organization, and sets […]

Islamic Council loses its largest member

Norway’s largest Muslim organization has declared that it’s withdrawing its membership in the country’s Islamic council (Islamsk Råd Norge, IRN). The five largest members of IRN gathered for what newspaper VG called a crisis meeting Tuesday night, after IRN controversially hired a new colleague who wears a face-covering niqab to help handle communications. The Islamic Fellowship […]

‘Not a good day for Muslims’ in Norway

UPDATED: A Muslim member of the Norwegian parliament, Abid Raja, was among public figures reacting negatively on Tuesday to news that Norway’s Islamic Council (Islamsk Råd Norge, IRN) has hired a new colleague to handle communications who covers her face and body with a niqab. Only Leyla Hasic’s eyes can be seen by those communicating with her, and […]

Norway subject to major hacker attack

Several of Norway’s most important institutions, including the foreign and defense ministries, have been warned by state police intelligence PST that they’ve been subjected to a major Russian hacker attack. PST was hit as well, and describes the attack as “malicious and vicious.” PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) said it was itself warned of the attack by […]

Islamists and Russia pose biggest threat

In a chilling return to Cold War rhetoric, the head of Norway’s police inteligence unit PST declared on Wednesday that Russia has the intention and ability to greatly damage Norway and Norwegian interests. Islamic extremists, however, are still considered the biggest threat. In her annual assessment of the threats facing Norway, the chief of PST (Politiets […]

Anti-hijab hairdresser convicted again

An appeals court in Western Norway upheld a lower court order on Friday in ruling that hairdresser Merete Hodne violated Norway’s anti-discrimination laws for refusing serve Malika Bayan, because Bayan was wearing a hijab.  Newspaper Stavanger Aftenbladet reported that the appeals court, however, reduced Hodne’s fine to NOK 7,000 and she was not ordered to […]

Islamist a ‘changed man’ in court

Norwegian Islamist Ubaydullah Hussain had cut his hair and beard and opted for a checkered shirt and sweater, instead of the traditional conservative Muslim dress he’s worn for years, when he landed back in an Oslo court last week. He would no longer agree to be photographed when he pleaded “not guilty” to the latest charges against him, that […]

Appeals court backs Krekar’s extradition

A Norwegian appeals court has supported a ruling from an Oslo City Court that would allow state officials to extradite Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar to Italy. Officials in Italy want to prosecute Krekar on charges he led a terrorist network in Europe. Krekar’s long-time defense attorney Brynjar Meling has already vowed to appeal once again, to Norway’s Supreme Court. […]