Italy didn’t want Krekar after all

In a surprise turn of events, Italy has withdrawn its request for Norway to extradite Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar, to face terrorism charges lodged by Italian prosecutors. Now it seems there are no grounds for his pending imprisonment in Italy, and Norwegian authorities ordered that Krekar be released as well. The 60-year-old Krekar already had been ordered […]

Krekar to remain in custody until he’s extradited

An Oslo City Court has ordered that Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar be kept in prison for as long as four weeks after his last-ditch attempt to block his extradition is settled. Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) had asked he be kept in custody for fear he’d try to avoid being extradited to Italy to face […]

Krekar held after high court loss

UPDATED: Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar was back under arrest Wednesday morning after Norway’s highest court upheld two lower court rulings that Krekar can be extradited to face terrorism charges in Italy. The Høyesterett’s panel of judges threw out Krekar’s appeal of the extradition order, but Krekar’s longtime defense attorney plans to keep fighting. Norway’s police intelligence unit PST […]

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. […]

Krekar demands full court review of pending extradition

The defense attorney for Mullah Krekar, the former refugee who’s long been declared a threat to Norway’s national security, is now demanding a full appeals court review of Krekar’s pending extradition to Italy. He’s upset over reports that a top Norwegian politician met with his Italian counterpart 18 months before Italy called for Krekar’s extradition […]

Krekar appeals extradition order

As expected, Norway’s most unwanted refugee immediately appealed an Oslo court’s decision on Wednesday that he be extradited to Italy to face terrorism charges. The court ruled that both Mullah Krekar and a 42-year-old Iraqi citizen can be sent to Italy to be put on trial. Krekar’s longtime defense attorney, Brynjar Meling, claimed his client had […]

PST: ‘Krekar can be extradited’

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST believes there’s nothing to prevent the extradition of Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar to Italy, where he’s been charged with leading a fundamentalist Islamic organization that’s allegedly been planning terrorist operations in Europe and the Middle East. His extradition hearing was getting underway on Thursday in a local Oslo court. Krekar, who […]

Krekar demands state compensation

Najumuddin Faraj Ahmad, better known as the controversial Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar, is suing the Norwegian state for NOK 200,000 (around USD 25,000). He claims he’s owed compensation after being held in custody for nine months pending appeal of a conviction that resulted in an acquittal. An appeals court acquitted him last month of charges […]

Mullah Krekar freed from jail

UPDATED: Radical Islamist Mullah Krekar, who’s been in and out of Norwegian courts and custody for years, has been released from his most recent trip to jail. An appeals court in Oslo found him not guilty of making threats in a taped interview with Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). Krekar had been held pending appeal following his conviction by a […]

Brother of Krekar’s defense attorney injured in deadly Istanbul explosion

UPDATED: At least one Norwegian, a brother of the defense attorney for a man declared a national security threat in Norway, is among those injured after a mid-morning explosion in Istanbul. Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende, meanwhile, was also in Turkey on Tuesday, for meetings with top government officials and he described the mood as “tense.” […]