Bhatti ordered held in custody

An Oslo court has granted a police request to hold Islamist Arfan Bhatti in custody for another four weeks. He’s already been in prison since May 16, when he was arrested on charges of illegally acquiring weapons. Bhatti, age 39, denies he’s guilty of any offenses and claims his arrest and incarceration were politically motivated. He […]

Terror suspect still in custody in Oslo

Norway’s long Pinse (Whitsund) weekend was dominated by news of the latest terrorist attack in London, where many Norwegians study, work and live. In Oslo, meanwhile, a 17-year-old terror suspect remained in custody, with police wanting to keep him there. The 17-year-old Russian citizen was arrested on April 8, just a day after a terrorist attack […]

Islamist not the only one under arrest

UPDATED: Police in Oslo confirmed on Wednesday that the radical Norwegian Islamist Arfan Bhatti wasn’t the only one to be arrested on the eve of the 17th of May celebrations, which were carrying on amidst heightened terror concerns. Newspaper VG reported that “more than one other person” was in custody, while Bhatti would undergo questioning […]

Saudi envoy scolds critics in Norway

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Norway has fired off a response to criticism from members of the Norwegian Parliament Wednesday over the status of Saudi women. In a written commentary sent to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), Ambassador Esam A. Abid Althaqafi stated that it was “especially necessary that we correct the misleading description of the situation for […]

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 […]