Krekar shooting stumps police

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Police in Oslo haven’t solved the mystery of who fired shots last winter into the home of Mullah Krekar, the controversial refugee from Iraq who’s been linked to terrorists and faces deportation. Police may drop their investigation if no new leads emerge.

Police haven't been able to find who fired shots into Mullah Krekar's home. PHOTO: Views and News

Dagbladet.no reported Friday that police feel they’re unlikely to solve the case. “It will be sent over to prosecutors for a decision, probably during the summer,” Inspector Hanne Kristin Rohde of the Oslo Police District told Dagbladet.

Krekar told foreign journalists in Oslo earlier this month that he was awake when the shots were fired into his family’s apartment at Tøyen late on the night of January 25. He said it was the seventh time he’d been the target of an assassination attempt, and that he thinks “some Kurds” were behind this one.

His son-in-law, who happened to be visiting from London, was slightly injured in the nighttime shooting but Krekar insisted it was he who was the target, not his daughter’s husband.

He said he thought the police, who have investigated the case as a murder attempt against Krekar, handled the situation well and that he thought he was “treated well.” Krekar declined offers of moving to a secure location outside of Oslo or into Norway’s witness protection program, but he and his family did move to a new, unlisted address in the capital.

Krekar himself stirred more controversy in early June when he made threats against Norway and Norwegian officials,, saying they would be held responsible for his death if he’s killed after being sent out of Norway. Some politicians called for his immediate arrest, and police have been investigating whether his threats are cause for criminal charges.

Krekar has been hit with an expulsion order, after Norway’s highest court upheld it on the grounds he’s a threat to national security. Norwegian authorities, though, won’t send him back to Iraq as long as they have no guarantee he won’t be executed there.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund
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