The latest round of legal wrangling between Norwegian authorities and Islamic mullah Krekar has ended with another ruling that he can be expelled
On Wednesday Borgarting Court of Appeals ruled that Krekar, the former head of northern Iraq-based Kurdish guerrilla group Ansar al-Islam, can be deported and that he must pay the state's court costs of NOK 290,000 (USD 45,000).
The court rejected Krekar's appeal and upheld the 2005 ruling of the Oslo Court, which found that then Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Erna Solberg was able to expel Krekar on the grounds that he posed a threat to national security.
The former Ansar al-Islam leader has remained in Norway, both to pursue legal appeals and due to doubts that his return to Iraq can take place without fear of reprisals upon his arrival there.
"It is clear that the decision will not be implemented at the current time in that the conditions in Iraq are deemed such that he, considering Norway's obligations under international law, can not be returned there," the court ruled.
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