A court in Oslo has sentenced Mullah Krekar the, founder of the Ansar al-Islam Kurdish-Iraqi Islamic terrorist group, to five years in prison for issuing death threats against a Norwegian government minister and others.
Oslo Judge Per Fleisje passed the five-year sentence as it is considered Krekar has considerable influence over hundreds of extremist followers who may be capable of carrying out the threats issued by the Mullah.
Mullah Krekar, 55, whose real name is Najmeddine Faraj Ahmad, has lived in Norway since 1991 when he was granted refugee status. In 2010 he made public death treats against Erna Solberg, a former minister who had signed an expulsion order against Kerkar in 2003. Just as Britian is hampered by human rights legislation from deporting the unwanted extremist cleric Abu Qatada, Norway has similar problems in its wish to expel Krekar.
The BBC reported the difficulties in actually deporting Ahmad back to Iraq where his safety cannot be guaranteed, even though he is considered a threat to national security in Norway.
Alarabiyareported the Mullah threatened “Norway will pay a heavy price for my death. If for example Erna Solberg deports me and I die as a result, she will suffer the same fate. I don’t know who will kill her: Al-Qaeda, Ansar al-Islam, my family, my children. I don’t know... But she will pay the price.”
Krekar was also accused of threatening Kurds in Norway who he considered had insulted the Quran.
In spite of his conviction on Monday, Krekar remains a free man, pending his appeal.News and Views Norway reported that over the weekend Krekar issued more threats via the Internet "that can be interpreted as threats against Norwegian police and Norwegian interests in other countries." His conduct is also considered as creating prejudice against the Muslim community in Norway.
Unless Krekar is caught committing illegal acts prior to the appeal process being exhausted he is likely to remain a free man in spite of the court conviction.