A court in Oslo sentenced Islamic extremist Mohyeldeen Mohammad to two-and-a-half years in prison on Tuesday, for making threats against politician Abid Raja, a Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party. Raja, a Muslim himself, said he was relieved Mohammad was convicted.
“I hope this (case) will soon come to an end,” Raja told state broadcaster NRK, “and that Islamists and extremists learn to follow democracy’s rules. If they don’t like Norway and Norwegian values, they’re not forced to live here. If they choose to live here, they have to understand that freedom of expression, religious freedom, equality and diversity apply here.”
Mohammad, who has accepted Norwegian welfare payments despite his harsh criticism of Norwegian society, was convicted for threatening Raja in a video that was interpreted in court as justifying violence against him. Mohammad has also called Raja “a dirty pig” who should burn in hell. State welfare agency NAV cut off Mohammad’s monthly welfare payments when he initially failed to show up for his trial.
Mohammad, who has denied that his message to Raja were threats, was also ordered to pay Raja NOK 150,000 in compensation. Mohammad’s defense attorney, Brynjar Meling, said the sentence would be appealed.