Excusing death threats by referring to Islamic principles doesn’t work in Norway.
The militant Islamist Mullah Krekar is sentenced to five years in prison by Oslo City Court for making death threats to ministers and other named persons in Norway.
The 55-year-old Mullah Krekar, whose real name is Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, is founder of the Islamist Kurdish group Ansar al-Islam. He has lived in Norway since 1991 and has regularly been at loggerheads with the Norwegian authorities.
The district court found him guilty of making death threats, and for having encouraged terrorist activities against known Norwegians.
Mullah Krekar comes from Iraq. One of the four people he made death threats against is the leader of the party HÃ¸jre (Conservatives), Erna Solberg.
As Attorney General she signed a deportation order in 2003 against Krekar, who at that time was considered to be a threat to Norway’s domestic security.
Krekar, who is on the UN and U.S. terrorist lists, however, has never been expelled from Norway. The reason is that Norwegian law does not permit deportation to a country where the person’s safety is not guaranteed, or where the person will be facing death penalty.
Krekar is also guilty of making death threats against three named Iraqis in Norway who have burned parts of the Koran or otherwise offended Muslims or their religion.
Mullah Krekar appealed the sentence. He acknowledges that he has made death threats, but claims that he merely referred to ‘Islamic principles’. Besides the five years in prison, Krekar was also ordered to pay 100,000 Norwegian Kroner in compensation to the three Kurds that he threatened to kill.
Mullah Krekar was also accused of incitement to kill American soldiers in Iraq. The district court acquitted him, however, on that particular indictment.