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New charges filed against terror suspect Mullah Krekar

State prosecutors have filed new charges against Muslim cleric Mullah Krekar, who came to Norway as a refugee from northern Iraq and later was designated as a threat to national security. Now he’s in trouble again, for allegedly making death threats online and encouraging terrorist acts.

His targets this time included former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, three Kurdish residents of Norway and a photographer for TV2. Bondevik, who Krekar allegedly threatened while Bondevik was on a peace mission to Somalia last spring, told newspaper Dagsavisen on Thursday that he wasn’t letting himself get upset over Krekar’s threats “but I acknowledge that the prosecutors viewed them as so serious that they’ve filed charges.”

The new charges come just four months after Krekar was convicted of making other threats and inciting terrorist activity, and sentenced to five years in prison. He remains in custody, now at a prison in Kongsvinger, likely at least until his appeal of his conviction is heard in court later this autumn.

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