A fundamentalist Iraqi cleric has been extradited to Italy from Norway, in spite of issues about the coronavirus.
Mullah Krekar, authentic identify Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad, is deemed a terrorist by the UN and the US.
In July 2019 he was convicted by an Italian courtroom of foremost a jihadist group.
His attorneys challenged his extradition, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
Italy is the place worst impacted by the outbreak. It has documented a lot more than 7,500 deaths.
Norway has recorded 3,250 verified scenarios and 14 fatalities.
Who is Mullah Krekar?
The 63-calendar year-previous Iraqi Kurdish preacher arrived to Norway as a refugee in 1991.
He was the founder of the defunct Islamic group Ansar al-Islam, although has considering that distanced himself from the group.
Norway has been making an attempt to extradite him for decades, judging him to be a threat to national stability because 2007. But below Norwegian law it would be illegal to extradite him to Iraq – in spite of recurring requests by Kurdish authorities – simply because he could facial area the demise penalty.
Final calendar year, an Italian courtroom sentenced him to 12 yrs at the rear of bars for leading the Rawti Shax network, a now-disbanded Kurdish motion that allegedly has links with the Islamic Point out team and is considered to have prepared assaults in Western international locations.
Krekar has previously known as the charges “fake”.
What took place?
On Thursday, Norwegian Justice Minister Monia Maeland explained to journalists he experienced been extradited to the nation.
“We have been given assurances that he will obtain the support he really should have and desires,” she told reporters.
But Krekar’s attorney, Brynjar Meiling, reported the authorities experienced not even permitted his shopper to say goodbye to his family.
Krekar is at distinct hazard from coronavirus because of to his diabetic issues and superior blood tension, his law firm said. Mr Meiling referred to as it a “day of shame” for Norway.
Krekar does not hold Norwegian citizenship, contrary to his spouse and four kids.