Mullah Krekar threatens NorwayMullah Krekar is finally revealing his true colors, in a way even leftists will find hard to explain away. Krekar is convicted of terrorism in Jordan, he has been linked to the Madrid terrorists, and the CIA claims he has been ordering bombings. He has lived off Norwegian welfare money in Oslo for years, and reputedly gets a lot of free taxi rides from Muslim cab drivers who think he's such a great guy:
Krekar threatens Norway
Norway's most controversial refugee has lodged a threat against the country that has hosted him and his family for the past 14 years. Mullah Krekar continues to fight deportation back to Iraq, and calls any such order "an offense" that should be punished. Oslo newspaper Aftenposten reported Tuesday that Krekar, in an interview with Arab TV station Al-Jazeera, vowed he will never go along with a deportation order issued by Norwegian authorities. Cabinet Minister Erna Solberg initially ordered him sent out of the country in February 2003, calling Krekar a threat to national security.
Krekar fled Iraq in the early 1990s and landed in Norway in 1991. He later, however, started travelling back to northern Iraq, where he played a key role in building up the guerrilla group known as Ansar al-Islam. Now Krekar claims he faces torture and a death sentence if the Norwegian authorities send him back to Iraq. He told Al-Jazeera, therefore, that "everyone must know" that a deportation to Iraq "is an offense that shouldn't be made without punishment." Krekar wasn't specific, however, about what kind of punishment he thinks Norway should receive if a court upholds Solberg's deportation order. "I have faith in Allah," Krekar told Al-Jazeera in the text of the interview dated August 31. "I defend my rights in their court just like Western people defend their rights. I am patient like they are patient. But if my patience runs out, I will react like Orientals do." Asked how "Orientals" react, Krekar said: "I don't want to comment on that."
In the interview, Krekar also seemed to attack Solberg personally. "How can a politician play with my life to satisfy her adolescent political visions," he asked. Krekar also spoke positively about suspected terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and developments in the Muslim world. "The whole world must see that Jihad... is increasing in its scope with Allah's pardon," he said. "This trend represents solidarity in the Muslim community." He added that he thinks "Jihadists" won't ease up "until they see Islam's house equipped with Saladins sable, Mohammed's conquering turban and Osama bin Laden's vision." He thus combined three important symbols used by Islamic extremists. Krekar's Norwegian defense attorney Brynjar Meling downplayed the significance of Krekar's claims in the Al-Jazeera interview, saying they didn't amount to threats and contained nothing new. He declined further comment, though, until he had conferred with his client. Solberg, meanwhile, responded that "no one can threaten their way into obtaining permanent residence in Norway." She maintains that a new constitution and government in Iraq, with guarantees that Krekar won't be executed, are expected to clear the way for Krekar's expulsion.
Mullah Krekar threatens Norway
Mullah Krekar says Norway will be punished if he is forcibly returned to Iraq. Mullah Krekar made the threats in an interview with the Arab TV station Al-Jazeera. Krekar says that all must know that a decision to expel him to Iraq is a crime that will not pass without punishment. Minister of Municipal Affairs, Erna Solberg, says to Aftenposten that if the department receives support by the courts for its decision to expel Krekar, then the Norwegian authorities will not be stopped by threats. Mullah Krekar came to Norway as a quota refugee in 1991. Throughout the 90s Krekar worked to set up an armed group named Ansar al-Islam in Northern Iraq. In 2003 Solberg decided that Krekar should be expelled on the grounds that he was a threat to national security. Krekar has brought the decision to court, with the aim to have it declared invalid.