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Mullah Krekar must, but may not, go

Norway’s Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Erna Solberg will deport controversial mullah Krekar on the grounds that he is a risk to the security of the nation. At the same time, she admits that he cannot be sent home now. Krekar, whose Ansar al-Islam group has been accused of shadowy ties to Al-Qaeda and acts of violence in politically fragmented Kurdish North-Iraq, my have to leave Norway despite the fact that his case is still being processed. Solberg admits that the political situation in Iraq is to volatile to justify returning Krekar to his homeland, but nevertheless considers her ruling sufficient to have him expelled from Norway. Protests resulted on various fronts – predictably from Krekar’s defense counsel, but also from Amnesty International and the Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS), which accused the government of shirking its responsibilities. Full Story

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