Krekar can stay in Norway
Aftenposten ^ | 17 Apr 2008 | Kristoffer Rønneberg
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After months of quiet diplomacy, the Norwegian government has given up on efforts to send former terrorist-group leader Mullah Krekar back to his homeland.
Krekar, who has been under an expulsion order after being
determined a threat to Norway's national security, initially came to
emerged that he was the head of guerrilla group Ansar
al-Islam and he repeatedly violated the terms of his asylum by travelling back to northern
Krekar is the only person in
Diplomatic efforts failed Labour and Inclusion Minister Bjarne Hanssen has been trying to negotiate a way to carry out the deportation order, which was upheld by a Supreme Court decision, but his diplomatic efforts have failed, reports Aftenposten.no.
After meeting with the EU's
coordinator for anti-terrorist operations, Gilles de Kerchove,
This means Krekar will be allowed to stay in
Satisfied with outcome Mullah Krekar’s lawyer, Harald Stabell, is satisfied with the outcome. "An agreement for deportation would not have held up in relation to international regulations on human rights," said Stabell to newspaper VG.
notes that Krekar continues to be without rights in
Hanssen confirmed the decision to let Krekar
stay, but said: "With the proviso that I assume the police will protect
Norwegian citizens from a person that is regarded to be a danger to the