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The Foreigner Disagreement surrounding Krekar’s arrest. Mullah Krekar’s lawyer and police have conflicting stories as to why he was arrested today following his court conviction, according to reports. Armed members of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) apprehended the Mullah at his Tøyen apartment in Oslo, Tuesday. In a press release, security officials say, “The PST arrested Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad (aka Mullah Krekar) at 14:00 today on the basis of Oslo District Court's judgment against him yesterday, and on the basis of the obvious danger of repetition of new criminal offenses (threats of terrorism) with assistance from the Oslo Police."

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Disagreement surrounding Krekar’s arrest

Published on Tuesday, 27th March, 2012 at 21:22 under the news category, by The Foreigner.

Mullah Krekar’s lawyer and police have conflicting stories as to why he was arrested today following his court conviction, according to reports.



Armed members of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) apprehended the Mullah at his Tøyen apartment in Oslo, Tuesday.

In a press release, security officials say, “The PST arrested Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad (aka Mullah Krekar) at 14:00 today on the basis of Oslo District Court's judgment against him yesterday, and on the basis of the obvious danger of repetition of new criminal offenses (threats of terrorism) with assistance from the Oslo Police."

The court sentenced Krekar to five years imprisonment after finding him guilty of making death threats against several named persons. This included Conservative Party (H) leader Erna Solberg, a former minister who signed his expulsion order in 2003 because he was considered a threat to national security. Krekar is also alleged to have assaulted a TV2 film crew and reporter on Monday evening.

Krekar reportedly issued more threats over the weekend on the website paltalk.com, this time against Norwegian interests abroad and including police officers. It is also claimed he also made death threats against former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik.

Mullah Krekar's defense counsel Arvid Sjødin told NRK that there may be political pressure behind his client’s arrest today. Moreover, Siv Jensen, leader of the Progress Party (FrP) has called for him to be jailed whilst waiting for his appeal to come to court. Other politicians are pleased about Krekar’s arrest. 

Mr Sjødin told NRK, “my point is that the PST is an extremely well-informed organization, they should be the country's best. They knew perfectly well that Oslo District Court issued the conditions for arrest on Monday. We have a serious problem if this happened only now following pressure from Siv Jensen, amongst others.”

However, the PST denies this was the reason behind the operation, referring to what Aftenposten wrote.

“The arrest today is as a result of an assessment made by the PST in relation to the judgment, that Krekar has sustained his threats, and what Aftenposten wrote at the weekend that Krekar allegedly issued new ones,” said Martin Bernsen, head of information.

Krekar is to be brought before Oslo District Court for a remand hearing on Wednesday.




Published on Tuesday, 27th March, 2012 at 21:22 under the news category, by The Foreigner.

This post has the following tags: mullahkrekararrest, politicalpressure.





  
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