Supreme Court boosts Islamist’s jail terms for threats

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Norway’s Supreme Court has sentenced Islamic extremist Mohyeldeen Mohammad to two years and six months in prison for threatening the Liberal Party’s Member of Parliament Abid Raja. Mohammad’s appeal to the high court backfired, leaving him with a jail term that’s three months longer than what he’d been sentenced to by an appeals court.

Mohammad, who’s been in trouble for years because of his threats against Norwegians and alleged support for the IS terror group, was also ordered to pay NOK 130,000 in compensation to Raja. The MP who’s a Muslim himself had filed charges against Mohammad for threatening messages he received on his mobile phone.

“Raja is very satisfied with the Supreme Court ruling,” his attorney, Olle Nohlin, told news bureau NTB. “The verdict reflects what it’s like to be threatened by the country’s worst extremist milieu, and live with it for several years.

“Both the jail term and compensation reflect how this has been a terrible burden for Raja. At the same time it’s been an important legal battle for a politician. No one should have to tolerate threats.”

Mohammad’s defense attorney, Brynjar Meling, said he expected his client would further appeal the Norwegian Supreme Court’s ruling to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, arguing that Mohammad was exercising his right to freedom of expression.

newsinenglish.no staff