Oslo District Court has sentenced Mullah Krekar to five years imprisonment for death threats against several named people.
The 55-year-old Mullah, whose real name is Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, made alleged menaces against several Kurds for burning a Koran on a video uploaded to YouTube.
Krekar issued a Fatwa against two of them but denied threatening anyone with death, and participated in a demonstration against the Koran burning on 02nd March. During it, he praised the killer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004 for his film, perceived as being insulting to Islam.
The Mullah was also charged for having made death threats against Conservative Party (H) leader Erna Solberg in 2010. He proclaimed, “My death will cost Norwegian society. If, for example, Erna Solberg throws me out of the country and I die as a result, she will suffer the same fate.”
Mrs Solberg was Minister of Local Government and Regional Development when she signed the Mullah's deportation order in 2003. In 2007, the Norwegian Supreme Court upheld his deportation, deeming him a threat to national security.
He is currently non-returnable on humanitarian grounds, as the Iraqi government cannot guarantee that he will not be given the death penalty, however. Last month, Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali stated clearly the Mullah would meet his death if he set foot in his country.
At the opening of his trial, Krekar first admitted partial guilt to the current charges, but subsequently denied he was guilty. During the process, he said he was indifferent to Erna Solberg, had no knowledge of her, but admitted he heard her name on TV.
The Mullah, who was also ordered him pay one of the people 100,000 kroner compensation, appealed today’s verdict on the spot.