Krekar deportation talks resume

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Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari was in Norway this week for talks with Norwegian officials that included a pending deportation of Mullah Krekar, the Islamic cleric who’s been deemed a threat to Norway’s national security.

Mullah Krekar is currently in custody in Norway. PHOTO: Views and News

Norwegian officials were once again unable, however, to extract the guarantee they need that Krekar, a former guerrilla leader in northern Iraq, would not be sentenced to death back in Iraq. Norwegian officials won’t deport anyone to a country where the person in question may be executed.

News bureau NTB reported that Zebari spoke with both Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and with State Secretary Pål Lønseth of the Justice Ministry. Lønseth said Krekar, who arrived in Norway as a refugee in 1991, faced a trial back in Iraq on terrorism charges and that Iraq “can’t commit itself to not executing Krekar. They say he in all probability would be executed.”

Krekar, currently in police custody, will thus remain in Norway but Lønseth said there was agreement that talks with Iraqi officials would continue.

Views and News staff