Author threatened in Norway

Mullah Krekar was the original leader of the Islamist armed group Ansar al-Islam, which was set up and commenced operations in Kurdistan while he was courageously hiding out in Norway. He is currently wanted in Iraq and his refugee status (originally granted in 1991) has been withdrawn. The only reason the Norwegians have not deported him so far is that their respect for human rights prevents from taking the risk that he would face the death penalty once he arrives in Iraq.

The fact that Krekar benefits from Human Rights legislation in a country that cant get rid of him, of course, has not encouraged him to respect the rights of others. Norwegian newspapers Aftenposten and Dagbladet are reporting (via) that Krekat has threatened to kill Kurdish author, Mariwan Halabjaee in an audio file published on a Kurdish website.

Halabjaee is the author of the book Sex, Sharia and Women in the History of Islam which argues that Islam and Sharia law are allegedly used to oppress women. Mullah Krekar compared Mr. Halabjaee with, among others, Salman Rushdie and Ayaan Hirsi Ali and accused the author of “spitting on us.”

The author has been living in hiding in Norway for a year and a half, and has been granted political asylum. He was sentenced to jail in absentia in Iraq last year for suggesting that the prophet Mohammad had 19 wives, married a 9-year-old when he was 54 and committed murder and rape.

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