July 29, 2012
Norwegians need to be prepared to the fact that Breivik will be coming out from prison and will join the society again: that is what Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad, told the NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) journalists. He added: “We do not have lifetime sentence in Norway”.
Be it that Breivik is sentenced to prison or psychiatric care he will eventually be released – even if he an old man. Lippestad has spend much time on understanding why Breivik categorizes people in various broad categories instead of viewing and judging people in accordance to their individual merit. Lippestad explains: “What has been interesting to observe is that people with such a totalitarian and one-dimensional worldview (i.e. Breivik) quickly adjust their opinions when they meet or see a person who does not fit their categorization. Women and Muslims he (Breivik) had met and who deviate from his categories are always an exception”.
July 1, 2012
Army General Kjell Grandhagen (Director of Norwegian Intelligence Services) has confirmed that several Norwegians have been trained in conflict regions abroad.
He did not comment specific cases, such as the one mentioned by The (British) Sunday Times claiming that one Norwegian convert would be used to attack an American plane. ”We are familiar with the fact that Norwegians have attended training camps around the world”, Grandhagen explained to the Norwegian Broadcasting Cooperation (NRK). The General further expressed his concern about a trend where Norwegian youth could be recruited by al-Qaida. “The fact that people travel abroad to conflict regions to be trained, opens up possibilities that they could return as terrorists. The best way to prevent such development is for citizens to be alert and report any suspicious activities.” The Sunday Times quotes intelligence sources which claim that the Norwegian youth in question converted in 2008 upon which he traveled to Yemen receiving several months training.
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.
A dietary conflict at the Ringerike prison in Norway has provoked many prisoners to convert to Islam. The conversion is a demonstration of sympathy with Muslim inmates after authorities refused to supply halal meat during Ramadan. An anonymous inmate told the NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) that the support of their fellow inmates may have occurred due to their hearing of the message of Islam, rather than as an act of protest.
Muslims in Norway feel they’re being watched by the authorities as suspected terrorists. “Many Muslims feel that the threshold for being watched have been lowered. Ordinary people watch what they say on the telephone or what they write in email,” says Mohammad Usman Rana of the Muslim student society to NRK.They fear that the telephones are being tapped and that email is being read by the police. The Norwegian Police Security Agency (PST) says they don’t watch Muslims especially, but they confirm that there are groups in Norway who support terror aboard.