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 contact information to ISIL personnel. According to the indictment, Hussain helped five people interested in serving the brutal terrorist regime ISIL, in addition to having recruited at least two converts to Islam.
Hussain was initially charged with recruiting a Norwegian teenager who was stopped at the Landvetter airport outside Gothenburg in June of last year. The teenager had massive communication with Hussain before he was prevented from boarding a charter holiday flight to the Mediterranean. Norwegian police intelligence unit PST believed he was actually heading for Syria to join ISIL, aided by Hussain.
PST has since investigated whether Hussain also secured airline tickets, contacts and otherwise recruited at least seven Norwegians for ISIL.
Hussain was also charged with defying the court system in Norway and threatening a witness in another case of suspected terrorism that’s still under investigation. He was arrested in December when PST had reason to believe he had tried to influence a court witness.
The court case against Hussain has been set for early November.