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Norway Nixes Jordan's Extradition Request

Norway on Monday rejected Jordan’s extradition request for the suspected spiritual leader of an Iraq-based Islamic militant group allegedly linked to al-Qaida. Norway said the documentation did not provide sufficient grounds to open the case for Mullah Krekar. Krekar, a refugee in Norway, is considered the spiritual leader of Ansar al-Islam, a group of fundamentalist Islamic Kurds in northern Iraq listed by the United States and United Nations as a terrorist group. Jordan in January demanded Krekar’s extradition on drug charges, immediately after the Netherlands rejected the same request and deported Krekar to Norway. The Norwegian Justice Ministry said public prosecutors had thoroughly investigated Jordan’s allegations about Krekar. Full Story

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