Oslo: Norway has arrested controversial Iraqi Kurdish fundamentalist preacher Mullah Krekar after he was convicted in Italy of “terrorist” conspiracy, the PST intelligence service said Tuesday. A refugee in Norway since 1991, 63-year-old Krekar — whose real name is Najumuddin Ahmad Faraj — is accused by Italy of leading the Rawti Shax, a network with alleged links to the Islamic State group and which is suspected of planning attacks in the West. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping In his absence, a court in Bolzano in northern Italy sentenced him Monday to 12 years’ imprisonment on a charge of “terrorist conspiracy”. It also sentenced five co-accused. “The PST, with the assistance of Oslo police, arrested Mullah Krekar on Monday evening under an international search warrant and an Italian arrest warrant,” the agency said on Twitter. Krekar must appear in court on Wednesday to be placed in provisional detention. “He has no connection with IS,” his Norwegian lawyer Brynjar Meling told AFP after the court ruling. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang “His only goal is to come back to Kurdistan in Iraq and be able to (be a) politician there, set up a political party he wants to establish in Iraq as a free man”. Considered a threat to national security and featuring on UN and US terror lists, Krekar has been at risk of deportation since 2003. Norwegian law, however, bars his deportation to Iraq because he risks the death penalty there. Italy in 2016 cancelled a request for Krekar’s extradition, disappointing Norwegian officials who viewed this as a chance to be rid of the mullah they perceive as troublesome. He had spent several years in jail in Norway for threats and inciting violence, but was freed in November 2016 after Italy’s withdrawal.
Rabat – The military court of Blida in Algeria issued detention orders against five top military members, who were dismissed for alleged corruption and abuse of power.According to AFP, the five military officers are Menad Nouba, Said Bey, Habib Chentouf, Abderrazak Cherif and Boudjemaa Boudouaour.The sacked major generals appeared before the court today, October 14. The officers are among a long list of military members sacked at the request of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.The purge of military officers started in July.The court has decided to place the military officers in pre-trial detention after their third hearing.Algerian authorities also confiscated the passports of the senior military members.In September, Alg24 reported that invistgations were opened as part of others opened into several top officials suspected of corruption following the seizure of 701 kilograms of cocaine at the port of Oran in May.In September, Argentinian analyst Adalberto Agozino provided his analysis for Alternative Press Agency on Algeria’s sacking of senior military figures at this specific time.He said that Algeria is conducting a vast purge within its army and police in order to “ensure the success” of the next presidential election, which will take place in early 2019/In April, the Algerian ruling party, the National Liberation Front, called on Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fifth term in the election.Former French ambassador to Algeria Bernard Bajolet criticized Bouteflika in an interview with Le Figaro.The former French official, who also served as head of the General Directorate of External Security (DGSE) questioned Bouteflika’s ability to lead.“President Bouteflika, with all the respect I feel for him, is kept alive artificially. And nothing will change in this transition period,” he said.