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Mullah Krekar arrested

Norwegian police arrested controversial mullah Krekar, the leader of Islamic guerrilla group Ansar al-Islam in Kurdish Iraq who has had refugee status in Norway, on Thursday night, fearing there was a danger he could flee the country. According to Krekar’s lawyer Brynjar Meling, the charges against his client have been expanded to include terrorism. The Norwegian Economic Crime Unit, Økokrim, was tight-lipped about a complex international case that seems to be growing even more confusing. Chief public prosecutor Erling Grimstad at Økokrim said that a decision had been made to make sure Krekar did not leave the country while a tribunal examined whether there were grounds for remanding him in custody. Grimstad confirmed that a recent interview with Krekar on Dutch television, which apparently showed the mullah threatening the USA with suicide bombers, played a role in their decision. Meling has stated that the Krekar interview broadcast his remarks out of context. Full Story

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