Norway attempts to relocate Islamic hate preacher to remote village 300 miles north of Oslo

Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, known as Mullah Krekar and the original leader of an Iraqi jihadist group with links to al-Qaeda, says the move will separate him from his family

The Norwegian government is facing a court battle over an attempt to force an Islamic hate preacher to relocate from the capital, Oslo, to a remote village of 2,500 people for national security reasons.

If the government has its way, Kyrksæterøra, a sleepy village set among the fjords of Norway’s rugged coast, some 300 miles north of Oslo, could soon find itself hosting the country’s most notorious Islamist.

Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, known as Mullah Krekar, was the original leader of an Iraqi jihadist group with links to al-Qaeda, and once called Osama bin Laden a “jewel in the crown of Islam”.

The Norwegian Supreme Court has declared him a threat to national security, but Norway cannot deport him because he faces a potential death sentence in his native Iraq.

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