MPs debate lessons from Afghanistan

The Norwegian government and Members of Parliament (MPs) finally took time in the New Year to study and debate Norway’s lengthy participation in the war in Afghanistan. Most agree, at least, on one conclusion from a critical report by experts last year: Norway proved itself to be a good and reliable ally of the US, which led the […]

Interest wanes in terrorist Breivik

Fewer letters are arriving at his prison and he was no longer the top story in Norwegian media on Tuesday, when his latest court appearance was overshadowed by a much bigger police corruption case going on in Oslo. Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik is simply not commanding the interest he once did, not least among other right-wing extremists. Researcher Johannes Due […]

Government condemns more terrorism in Istanbul

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende visited the Turkish Embassy in Oslo on Monday, to express the government’s sympathy and support after the country was hit once again by an act of terrorism. The death toll from an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve was at 39 Monday afternoon, with at least […]

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In a surprise turn of events, Italy has withdrawn its request for Norway to extradite Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar, to face terrorism charges lodged by Italian prosecutors.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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Hussain indicted for ISIL recruitment

The Norwegian Islamic extremist Ubaydullah Hussain has been indicted for allegedly having recruited foreign warriors for ISIL forces in Syria. It’s the first time anyone has been indicted for terror recruitment in Norway. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Monday that Hussain, one of Norway’s most well-known Islamic extremists, is suspected of offering advice, buying equipment and providing […]