Rad­i­cal cleric’s ap­peal of Italy ex­tra­di­tion fails

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Nor­way’s Supreme Court has re­fused to hear an ap­peal by a rad­i­cal Iraqi­born cleric who is try­ing to fight ex­tra­di­tion to Italy, which sus­pects him of en­tic­ing re­cruits to fight in Iraq and Syria. The de­ci­sion yes­ter­day day paves the way for Nor­way to hand over Na­j­maddin Faraj Ah­mad, also known as Mul­lah Krekar, to Ital­ian au­thor­i­ties. But his lawyer, Bry­nar Mel­ing, told Nor­we­gian news agency NTB that he would ask the jus­tice de­part­ment to halt the ex­tra­di­tion. Italy says Krekar, who holds a Nor­we­gian res­i­dence per­mit, is be­hind Rawti Shax, a Euro­pean-wide net­work aimed at vi­o­lently over­throw­ing the gov­ern­ment in the Iraqi-Kur­dish re­gion and re­plac­ing it with a rad­i­cal caliphate.

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