Monday, April 21, 2008

Norway reaches final decision on Krekar(?)

The latest news in the continuing saga of Mullah Krekar's status in Norway seems to indicate that the Nordic country is stuck with the Ansar al-Islam terrorist. Judged a threat to state security, he's been under an expulsion order that would have him deported back to Iraq. But a Norwegian law prohibits deportation when the deportee's life would be endangered. Krekar faces execution in Iraq.
After months of quiet diplomacy, the Norwegian government has given up on efforts to send former terrorist-group leader Mullah Krekar back to his homeland.

Krekar, who has been under an expulsion order after being determined a threat to Norway's national security, initially came to Norway as a refugee from Iraq in the early 1990s.

It later emerged that he was the head of guerrilla group Ansar al-Islam and he repeatedly violated the terms of his asylum by travelling back to northern Iraq to lead guerrilla activities.

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Mullah Krekar’s lawyer, Harald Stabell, is satisfied with the outcome. "An agreement for deportation would not have held up in relation to international regulations on human rights," said Stabell to newspaper VG.

However, he notes that Krekar continues to be without rights in Norway and the deportation order remains in place.
Right...last I heard, Krekar was free to roam about Norway at will.

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