Norwegian Islamist Mohyeldeen Mohammad finally showed up in an Oslo Court on Tuesday, after being arrested once again for failing to appear in a case where he’s charged with making threats against Member of Parliament Abid Raja. Mohammad pleaded not guilty.
An international warrant had been issued when he failed to face charges in the Oslo County Court on October 22. While his defense attorney Brynjar Meling claimed Mohammad had not been properly summoned, Mohammad was believed to have fled to Morocco.
Norway’s police intelligence service PST claims it’s now necessary to imprison Mohammad to make sure he continues to appear in court as the case against him proceeds. Mohammad was charged after sending several text messages to Raja in which he called Raja “a dirty pig” and claimed he should burn in hell for being a “dog” who’s fallen from Mohammad’s version of Islam. Music from the IS terror group played in the background,
Mohammad denied his messages constituted a threat, claiming he merely meant to “reprimand” Raja regarding critical comments Raja had made against nikabs and burkas. Mohammad, who claims he was simply exercising his freedom of expression, also testified that he does not consider either shia muslims or moderate muslims to be muslims.
Raja, part of the team currently negotiating a potential expansion of the government, has told state broadcaster NRK that he felt both threatened and insulted by Mohammad’s messages. Raja was due to testify in the case on Wednesday.