Ansar al-Islam founder gets new jail term

Thu Aug 30, 2012

The founder of an Islamic terrorist group responsible for the murder of an ABC cameraman in Iraq in 2003 has been sentenced to an extra year in jail.

Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, also known as Mullah Krekar, is an Iraqi-born ethnic Kurd who resides in Norway.

He was already facing five years in prison after being found guilty earlier this year of threatening Norwegian politicians who had called for his extradition to Iraq to face terrorism charges.

Krekar was sentenced to an extra year in jail for allegedly making more threats against members of Norway's Muslim immigrant community and former prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik.

Krekar was the founder of Ansar al-Islam, an Al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic extremist group listed as a terrorist organisation by the UN, United States, Australia, Canada and many other nations.

In March 2003, an Ansar al-Islam suicide bomber killed freelance cameraman Paul Moran, who was on assignment for the ABC in northern Iraq.

Five Iraqis were also killed in the suicide bombing at a checkpoint. ABC correspondent Eric Campbell was wounded in the attack.


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