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The Foreigner Politicians bless Mullah Krekar’s departure. Norwegian politicians have praised Mullah Krekar for saying he wants to leave Norway, but the legal process could drag on for years. “He is at liberty to leave anytime as soon as possible. Nothing would please us more,” Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre told TV2. VG reports Progress Party leader Siv Jensen was delighted to hear about Mr. Krekar’s decision to return to Northern Iraq, 20 years after he was granted political asylum.

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Politicians bless Mullah Krekar’s departure

Published on Friday, 21st January, 2011 at 21:48 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last Updated on 26th January 2011 at 22:17.

Norwegian politicians have praised Mullah Krekar for saying he wants to leave Norway, but the legal process could drag on for years.



“He is at liberty to leave anytime as soon as possible. Nothing would please us more,” Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre told TV2.

VG reports Progress Party leader Siv Jensen was delighted to hear about Mr. Krekar’s decision to return to Northern Iraq, 20 years after he was granted political asylum.

“Have a nice trip,” she said.

His lawyer, Brynjar Melling, says he understands why his client wishes to do so. The Norwegian Supreme Court officially declared Mullah Krekar, former leader of Islamic armed group Ansar al-Islam, as a threat to national security in 2007. Authorities have been trying to extradite him for years, but he risks the death penalty if returned.

“Many people want Mullah Krekar expelled, and Mullah Krekar wants to leave Norway himself,” he said.

Mr. Krekar, originally Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, is unwilling to give up his life in Norway without reassurances he can travel freely, however. He wants Norwegian authorities’ help in removing 2006 entry on the UN’s terrorist list.

“Some criteria must be in place for a person to be safely returned. In the case of Mullah Krekar, we must look at his connection to this list and the situation that awaits him in northern Iraq,” said Mr. Meling.

Minister Støre said that Norway had no influence regarding his removal from the list, even though it supports Mr. Krekar’s repatriation.

“Norway didn’t put him on the list, and it is not we who can take him off it. Nevertheless, we can help forward his application to the UN Sanctions Committee at his request, but this is the first I’ve heard of it.”

The timing of his client’s departure will depend on the cooperation between Mr. Krekar and Norwegian authorities, according to Mr. Meling. Consequently, process could take years.

“Mr. Krekar doesn’t believe it is safe to travel for now. He must know what is in store for him when he goes back to northern Iraq, as well as which guarantees he has for his safety,” he tells VG, adding his client says he wishes to enter politics when he returns.





Published on Friday, 21st January, 2011 at 21:48 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last updated on 26th January 2011 at 22:17.

This post has the following tags: najmuddin, farajahmad, mullahkrekar, brynjarmeling, jonasgahrstoere, sivjensen, iraq, ansaral-islam.





  
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