Krekar approves the decision of being detained for another eight weeks

It was reported last Wednesday that Mulla Krekar’s detention had been extended for another eight weeks. He accepts the decision made by the District Court in Oslo, which also informed the public that his case will be decided in a minor court hearing. Krekar’s defendant Arvis Sjöding informed the Aftonposten (Evening Newspapers) that Krekar understood that chances of him being released in wait for the trial were minimal and for that reason he had accepted the Court’s decision without official meeting in the courthouse. The newspaper further presented the details of the case by disclosing that Krekar will most likely appeal the previous conviction given by the District Court in the Court of Appeals and that he will do so most likely in October. According to the prosecutor Marit Bakkevik this is the period that suits both parties in the case.

It was on March 26th (2012) that Krekar was sentenced to five years in jail for a death threat made to Erna Solberg, a leader of the Norwegian right-wing party (http://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/artikkel.php?artid=10064736). He had appealed the court decision just a day after, however his demand was declined. The Kurdish Imam was initially arrested by the PST (Norwegian Police Security Service) only to be detained for eight weeks (in wait for the prosecutor’s initial decision to prosecute him). Subsequently, the court decided that it would be highly dangerous to let Krekar free in wait for court hearings as the nature of his threat (to Bekkevik) was interpreted to be especially serious. Krekar’s defendant Sjödin points out the Krekar is involved in several projects, one of which is writing a book.

More about Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad (Mulla Krekar):

 A 56-year-old Muslim cleric of Kurdish origin from northern Iraq and a father of four. Since 1991 he has been living in Norway claiming asylum due to high risk of imprisonment and torture in Iraq due to his political activities. He has been controversial throughout his stay in Norway which has been one of the reasons the Norwegian government did not grant him citizenship despite residing in the country for the past 21 years. Some of the alleged controversies include public statements where he had supported insurgent attacks against the U.S. and ally occupation of Iraq. He has also been the leader of Ansar A-Islam until 2003, an armed group in northern Iraq conducting violent attack against the occupying forces after 2003 and thereafter event the regional Kurdish government forces. He had denounced his leadership, nevertheless, the threat of extrajudicial treatment and torture still remains according to the Norwegian authorities who have not been willing to deport him to Iraq. In March 2012 he has been convicted to a five-year prison sentence due to repeated death threats made both to a prominent politician and a Kurdish-Norwegian writer.

Ansar al-Islam in Wikileaks Documentary

November 2, 2010

Documents concerning the Islamist group Ansar al-Islam (nowadays also known as Ansar al-Sunna) released by Wikileaks, claim that the group is behind a number of beheadings, threats, and car bombs in Iraq. Ansar al-Islam was founded by Mulla Krekar, who is living in Norway since 1991. He has not been granted Norwegian citizenship, and since 2006 he’s on the UN terror list. Krekar or Ansar al-Islam is mentioned 184 times in the documents released by Wikileaks. One example is published by NRK who has read all the documents concerning Ansar al-Islam and Krekar:

«XXXXXX obtained the vehicles and arranged their delivery to the homes of the insurgent leaders for installation of the explosives. (..) YYYYYY was to participate in the attack. YYYYYY was a prominent amir and associated with Mulla Krekar, the grand leader of Ansar al-Islam.»

This has led to new debates in Norway about the controversial Krekar, and whether or not he should be persecuted or deported. Amongst others Siv Jensen, leader of right wing Fremskrittspartiet, says she wants to see Krekar in jail.

Controversial Muslim leader Mulla Krekar attacked

Controversial Muslim leader Mulla Krekar was attacked this week. Shots rang through a window to Krekar’s appartment in Oslo, injuring his son-in-law in the arm.

Mulla Krekar, or Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, is an Iraqi Kurd and has been living in Norway since 1991. He has not been granted Norwegian citizenship. Krekar is known as one of the founders and the original leader of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam. Since 2006 he has been on the UN terror list.

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is suspected to be behind the attack. But some also speculate about Islamophobic forces in Norway as possible perpetrators. The Norwegian Secret Police (PST) were criticized for not being able to protect Krekar.