PST confirms Danish terror connection

Norway’s domestic police intelligence agency PST has confirmed that a young Norwegian man charged with terrorism in Norway has had contact with one or more of those arrested in a major crackdown on an alleged terrorist network in Denmark. Danish police claim a terrorist attack was in the planning stages. “I can confirm that there […]

Court rejects Krekar’s appeal

Time may be running out for Mullah Krekar, Norway’s most troublesome and expensive refugee. An appeals court has refused to hear his objections to a lower court’s verdict that can clear the way for his extradition to Italy, where he’s been sentenced to 12 years in prison for terrorist activity. After nearly 30 years in […]

Terror defendant can stand trial

Court-appointed psychiatrists have determined that the young ultra-right-wing Norwegian who murdered his adopted step-sister and then opened fire in a mosque is capable of standing trial. Police have also determined that the 23-year-old Philip Manshaus acted alone. After 11 conversations with Philip Manshaus, the psychiatrists unanimously agreed that he suffered no form of psychosis when […]

Krekar can be extradited

The Oslo County Court has ruled that Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar can be extradited to Italy, where he has been convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison for being part of a terrorist organization. Krekar immediately appealed the court’s decision. Brynjar Meling, defense attorney for Krekar, told TV2 that he was not surprised, “but […]

PST targets more right-wing extremism

The arrest in Oslo this weekend of a right-wing nationalist from the US marks the latest example of how Norway’s police intelligence unit PST views conservative extremism as a serious security threat. The American, identified as Greg Johnson, was arrested at what was supposed to be a secret gathering to promote racist and anti-Semitic ideology. […]

Supreme Court boosts Islamist’s jail terms for threats

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, […]

Prime minister’s office won’t return

Norway’s Office of the Prime Minister (Statsministerens kontor, SMK) won’t be returning to the top floors of the government complex that was bombed by a Norwegian right-wing extremist in 2011. Security and memorial issues mean that when reconstruction of the complex is finally completed, the prime minister will move into another building on the refurbished […]

Italy formally seeks Krekar’s extradition

Norway’s justice ministry received a formal extradition request from Italy on Wednesday for Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, better known as Mullah Krekar. The request comes after an Italian court convicted Krekar of planning terrorism, and sentenced him to 12 years in prison. Krekar, who remained in Norway during his trial in Bolzano, is resisting extradition and […]

Women’s murderers sentenced to death

Norway generally condemns death sentences, but those handed out to three men convicted of having murdered two young Scandinavian women on holiday in Morocco seemed to be well-received on Thursday. A fourth man involved in the murders was sentenced by the Moroccan court to life in prison. They were convicted of killing 28-year-old Maren Ueland […]

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 […]