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Let Krekar stay

When Mulla Krekar is lifted out of the country, it happens contrary to the principles of the Liberal Rule of Law.


Now it is clear: Mulla Krekar will be expelled from the Kingdom of Norway. Erna Solberg has been careful about the statements, but there is no doubt that the verdict is a personal victory for the politician who has put prestige in the expulsion of Norway's most controversial asylum seeker. Not unexpectedly, the judges in Borgarting rejected the Court of Appeal's appeal and concluded in the same way as the Oslo District Court did last fall. Thus, it is once again stated that the former minister of government had the opportunity to expel Krekar, or Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, which is his real name, on the grounds that he was a threat to the security of the kingdom.

Because the material on which the assessment is based is secretly stamped, the court has not had the opportunity to try the question of whether Norwegian interests are threatened if Krekar stays in Norway. In its decision, the Court of Appeal writes that it does not consider being able to review the immigration authorities' specific assessment of whether expulsion of Krekar is necessary for reasons of national security. It is obvious that Krekar is a questionable person with dangerous connections. However, expulsion is in principle very questionable.

It is clear that Krekar cannot be sent back to Iraq without risking his life. The Asylum Institute has been created to protect people in such situations, and this protection is and should be independent of any thought about what the asylum seekers might be doing in the country they are staying. Norwegian authorities do not extradite people to countries where they can risk the death penalty. There is no need to change this practice for people we do not like.

Moreover, if Krekar is a danger to the security of the kingdom, it is the condemned duty of the rule of law to prosecute him for the activity he carries on. Both Norwegian and international courts should and can be used for this purpose. A terrorist, whether that is what the Police Security Service (PST) thinks he is, is no less dangerous to be moved on. If the PST has tangible evidence against the mullah, it is a verdict for what he is to have, not one for expulsion. When Krekar is lifted out of the country, he brings with him the values ​​of the liberal rule of law.

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