Mullah Krekar is a “Norwegian” spiritual leader, kind of like the Dalai Lama of the fjords. Only with a much bushier beard.
Mr. Krekar is a Kurd — original name Najmeddine Faraj Ahmad — who moved from Iraq to Norway in 1991. He has engaged in incitement, threatened prominent people, been arrested, and was sent to prison (for five years starting in 2012, but was released early). He’s not a Norwegian citizen, yet the Norwegian government has never been able to deport him.
But on Monday an Italian court convicted him of terrorism offenses in absentia, and Norway has agreed to extradite him. The esteemed mullah will now be enjoying a warmer climate, albeit from a room with bars in the windows.
For the previous exploits of this renowned interfaith leader, see the Mullah Krekar archives.
|00:00||A sentence of twelve years in absentia for Mullah Krekar,|
|00:04||and he was arrested Monday evening in Norway, where he had been freely living for some time,|
|00:08||at the request of Italian authorities following the sentence issued by the tribunal of Bolzano.|
|00:13||In the trial of the six accused jihadists, Mullah Krekar|
|00:17||was convicted of being the head of a terrorist group.|
|00:20||Krekar, an Iraqi Kurd, was spiritual guide of the jihadist cell Rawthi Shal,|
|00:24||in contact with Al Qaeda since the time of 11 September 2001.|
|00:28||In 2015 Krekar prayed for the Islamist terrorists who carried out the Charlie Hebdo attack.|
|00:35||Also convicted were the other five defendants. In the past, Italy had declined|
|00:39||to request the extradition of Krekar on grounds of formality,|
|00:42||but now the authorities in Oslo have given the green light.|
|00:45||The jihadist cell, operating between Merano and Bolzano,|
|00:49||suspected of wanting to carry out terrorist acts on Italian territory,|
|00:52||was dismantled in November 2015 as a result of the case|
|00:55||brought by the Trento Ros (Special Operation Group).