A fundamentalist Iraqi cleric has been extradited to Italy from Norway, regardless of issues concerning the coronavirus.
Mullah Krekar, actual identify Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad, is taken into account a terrorist by the UN and the US.
In July 2019 he was convicted by an Italian court docket of main a jihadist group.
His attorneys challenged his extradition, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
Italy is the nation worst affected by the outbreak. It has reported greater than 7,500 deaths.
Norway has recorded three,250 confirmed circumstances and 14 deaths.
Who’s Mullah Krekar?
The 63-year-old Iraqi Kurdish preacher got here to Norway as a refugee in 1991.
He was the founding father of the defunct Islamic group Ansar al-Islam, though has since distanced himself from the group.
Norway has been attempting to extradite him for years, judging him to be a risk to nationwide safety since 2007. However underneath Norwegian regulation it will be unlawful to extradite him to Iraq – regardless of repeated requests by Kurdish authorities – as a result of he may face the dying penalty.
Final yr, an Italian court docket sentenced him to 12 years behind bars for main the Rawti Shax community, a now-disbanded Kurdish motion that allegedly has hyperlinks with the Islamic State group and is assumed to have deliberate assaults in Western international locations.
Krekar has beforehand referred to as the fees “faux”.
On Thursday, Norwegian Justice Minister Monia Maeland informed journalists he had been extradited to the nation.
“We’ve got been given assurances that he’ll obtain the assistance he ought to have and wishes,” she informed reporters.
However Krekar’s lawyer, Brynjar Meiling, stated the authorities had not even allowed his shopper to say goodbye to his household.
Krekar is at explicit danger from coronavirus attributable to his diabetes and hypertension, his lawyer stated. Mr Meiling referred to as it a “day of disgrace” for Norway.
Krekar doesn’t maintain Norwegian citizenship, not like his spouse and 4 youngsters.