Norway extradites jihadist preacher Mullah Krekar to Italy

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A fundamentalist Iraqi cleric has been extradited to Italy from Norway, regardless of issues concerning the coronavirus.

Mullah Krekar, actual identify Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad, is taken into account a terrorist by the UN and the US.

In July 2019 he was convicted by an Italian courtroom of main a jihadist group.

His attorneys challenged his extradition, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

Italy is the nation worst affected by the outbreak. It has reported greater than 7,500 deaths.

Norway has recorded 3,250 confirmed circumstances and 14 deaths.

Who is Mullah Krekar?

The 63-year-old Iraqi Kurdish preacher got here to Norway as a refugee in 1991.

He was the founding father of the defunct Islamic group Ansar al-Islam, though has since distanced himself from the group.

Norway has been attempting to extradite him for years, judging him to be a risk to nationwide safety since 2007. But beneath Norwegian legislation it might be unlawful to extradite him to Iraq – regardless of repeated requests by Kurdish authorities – as a result of he might face the loss of life penalty.

Last 12 months, an Italian courtroom sentenced him to 12 years behind bars for main the Rawti Shax community, a now-disbanded Kurdish motion that allegedly has hyperlinks with the Islamic State group and is assumed to have deliberate assaults in Western international locations.

Krekar has beforehand referred to as the costs “fake”.

What occurred?

On Thursday, Norwegian Justice Minister Monia Maeland informed journalists he had been extradited to the nation.

“We have been given assurances that he will receive the help he should have and needs,” she told reporters.

But Krekar’s lawyer, Brynjar Meiling, said the authorities had not even allowed his client to say goodbye to his family.

Krekar is at particular risk from coronavirus due to his diabetes and high blood pressure, his lawyer said. Mr Meiling called it a “day of shame” for Norway.

Krekar doesn’t maintain Norwegian citizenship, not like his spouse and 4 youngsters.

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