Krekar held in custody, faces extradition

A Norwegian court has ordered Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar to be held in custody for at least four weeks, pending extradition to Italy. Italian officials confirmed on Wednesday that they now want Norway to extradite Krekar, and Prime Minister Erna Solberg said nothing stands in the way of granting it. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Wednesday that […]

Krekar convicted, arrested in Oslo

Norway’s most controversial refugee, Mullah Krekar, was under arrest in Oslo on Tuesday after being seized by the Norwegian police intelligence agency PST and held on the request of Italian authorities. His arrest came just after an Italian court sentenced him to 12 years in prison for planning terrorist acts. Drama has swirled for years […]

Mullah Krekar appears in brown cheese

The annual and often controversial autumn art exhibition known as Høstutstilling has opened in Oslo again, where one piece of art is grabbing particular attention. It’s a bust of Norway’s most troublesome refugee, Mullah Krekar, sculpted from a block of brown goat cheese. Artist Ole Johan Aandal, age 58, claims his sculpture is meant to […]

Italy didn’t want Krekar after all

In a surprise turn of events, Italy has withdrawn its request for Norway to extradite Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar, to face terrorism charges lodged by Italian prosecutors. Now it seems there are no grounds for his pending imprisonment in Italy, and Norwegian authorities ordered that Krekar be released as well. The 60-year-old Krekar already had been ordered […]

Krekar to remain in custody until he’s extradited

An Oslo City Court has ordered that Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar be kept in prison for as long as four weeks after his last-ditch attempt to block his extradition is settled. Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) had asked he be kept in custody for fear he’d try to avoid being extradited to Italy to face […]

Krekar held after high court loss

UPDATED: Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar was back under arrest Wednesday morning after Norway’s highest court upheld two lower court rulings that Krekar can be extradited to face terrorism charges in Italy. The Høyesterett’s panel of judges threw out Krekar’s appeal of the extradition order, but Krekar’s longtime defense attorney plans to keep fighting. Norway’s police intelligence unit PST […]

Appeals court backs Krekar’s extradition

A Norwegian appeals court has supported a ruling from an Oslo City Court that would allow state officials to extradite Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar to Italy. Officials in Italy want to prosecute Krekar on charges he led a terrorist network in Europe. Krekar’s long-time defense attorney Brynjar Meling has already vowed to appeal once again, to Norway’s Supreme Court. […]

Krekar demands full court review of pending extradition

The defense attorney for Mullah Krekar, the former refugee who’s long been declared a threat to Norway’s national security, is now demanding a full appeals court review of Krekar’s pending extradition to Italy. He’s upset over reports that a top Norwegian politician met with his Italian counterpart 18 months before Italy called for Krekar’s extradition […]

Krekar appeals extradition order

As expected, Norway’s most unwanted refugee immediately appealed an Oslo court’s decision on Wednesday that he be extradited to Italy to face terrorism charges. The court ruled that both Mullah Krekar and a 42-year-old Iraqi citizen can be sent to Italy to be put on trial. Krekar’s longtime defense attorney, Brynjar Meling, claimed his client had […]

PST: ‘Krekar can be extradited’

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST believes there’s nothing to prevent the extradition of Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar to Italy, where he’s been charged with leading a fundamentalist Islamic organization that’s allegedly been planning terrorist operations in Europe and the Middle East. His extradition hearing was getting underway on Thursday in a local Oslo court. Krekar, who […]