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 […]

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 […]

Young bomber deported

A 19-year-old Russian citizen convicted of carrying a home-made bomb into Oslo’s Grønland district two years ago has been deported. TV2 reported that a flight took off from OSL Gardermoen during the weekend with the former asylum seeker on board. The teenager created quite a stir when police cordoned off a large area and arrested […]

Norway sympathizes with New Zealand

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, top political colleagues and survivors of Norway’s own terrorist attacks in 2011 were quick to express sympathy and support for the people of New Zealand on Friday. Norwegian prison officials, meanwhile, discounted a claim by the man who gunned down scores of worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch that he’d been in […]

PST criticizes counterpart’s data storage request

Norway’s state intelligence gathering agency PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjenesten) isn’t supporting a request from its military and overseas counterpart E-tjenesten, that the latter be allowed to monitor and store all data crossing the border for 18 months. PST fears it may overlap or collide with its own itelligence gathering. PST is responsible for assessing and handling […]

Terror-charged Russian can’t stand trial

A 20-year-old Russian who stabbed a woman in an Oslo grocery last month has been declared too mentally ill to stand trial, at least for now. His defense attorney said he’s been diagnosed as suffering from a form of psychosis. “After a preliminary examination, the court-appointed psychiatrist believes he was in a state of psychosis […]