A Norwegian court opened today a process to extradite to Italy a former leader of the fundamentalist Kurdish group Ansar al-Islam, suspect of leading a terrorist network with plans to execute attacks in Europe and the Middle East.
According to Aftenposten newspaper in its online edition, the defendant, who is known as Mullah Krekar but real name seems to be Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, was requested by the Italian authorities months ago for allegedly leading an international terrorist network called “Rawti SHAX”.
The group, informed the newspaper, has cells in different countries of the European continent and is composed of groups that communicate and operate through the Internet.
The process, that will take five days, also involves an Iraqi citizen resident in Norway.
According to the prosecution, there is enough material compiled in recent years on the network in several countries, by which, in its opinion, the conditions are created to proceed with the extradition to Italy.
On the other hand, the defense of the accused claimed that he is a victim of the political maneuvering of the Norwegian authorities to get rid of him.