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Norwegian Police Arrest Kurdish Leader

Mullah Krekar, the leader of a Kurdish guerrilla group suspected of links to al-Qaida, was arrested by Norwegian police Thursday on kidnapping charges. Police arrested Krekar at his home in Oslo. Spokesman Erling Grimstad said authorities were looking into widening the charges against him but did not elaborate. Krekar was questioned by Norway’s intelligence agency last month when the rebel leader admitted to briefly holding nine men in Iraq in December 2001. No further details were available. Police had released Krekar pending further investigation but confiscated his passport to keep him in the country. Norwegian prosecutors can charge suspects for crimes that took place outside the country’s borders, even if the suspect is not a Norwegian citizen. Full Story

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