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Islamic cleric in Norway convicted of Web threats

Published August 29, 2012 12:28 pm

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Oslo, Norway • An Iraqi-born Islamist cleric has been given a one-year prison sentence for making death threats against Norwegian politicians, influencing witnesses and inciting terror.

The Oslo District Court convicted Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad, also known as Mullah Krekar, on Wednesday of posting online threats during an earlier trial, including encouraging the killings or kidnappings of Norwegians.

This sentence comes in addition to a five-year term he got in March for making death threats against Norwegian officials for a 2005 decision to deport him. He was also convicted of threatening three Kurdish immigrants he said had insulted Islam.

The 56-year-old cleric is the founder of Ansar al-Islam, a Kurdish group listed as a terrorist organization by the United States. He came to Norway as a refugee in 1991.