Krekar avoids banishment, but not confinement

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Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar has managed to avoid being banished to a remote Norwegian village, at least for now. His appeal was successful, with a court ruling Friday that the Justice Ministry went too far in instructing the police to send Krekar to Kyrksæterøra, but the government may appeal itself and Krekar is still not a free man.

In the ongoing drama around Krekar, the former refugee who’s been deemed a threat to national security, the appeals court known as Borgarting lagmannsrett overturned a lower court ruling that Krekar could be sent to an asylum center in Kyrksæterøra pending his deportation. Government authorities continue efforts to send him back to Iraq, but only if they can extract guarantees he won’t be executed.

The government tried to banish Krekar as soon as he was released from prison in January, where he was serving time after being convicted of making threats. As it turned out, government officials didn’t need to resort to a banishment since Krekar quickly got himself in trouble again. Now he’s back at the prison at Kongsvinger, after making new threats shortly after his release. It’s likely he’ll be held there until the new charges against him come up for trial later this year.

newsinenglish.no staff