Mullah Krekar was born as Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad in the village of Olaqloo Sharbajer, Sulaimania in Kurdish northern Iraq on July 7, 1956. He has been living in Norway as a "refugee" since 1991, being granted asylum in 1992. He graduated from Sulaimania College in 1982, after studying Arabic. He studied Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) in Sindh in Pakistan, under the tutelage of Abdullah Azzam, the mentor of Osama bin Laden and a suspected co-founder of Al Qaeda.
This week, Krekar has been attending Norway's Supreme Court in Oslo, while appealing against an order to have him deported. His battles against deportation have gone on since 2002. He officially lost his "refugee" status in August 2002 but has resisted all attempts at deportation. In 2003, the Norwegian immigration department, UDI, decided that Krekar was a threat to national security, and that he had given incorrect information to immigration officials. Krekar appealed their decision. They also decided that his refugee status should be stripped and his travel documents, work and residence permits taken away. Krekar appealed again, and in March 2005 the UDI reiterated its 2003 decision.
In May 2004, Norway's then prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik said in parliament: "Mullah Krekar is expelled from Norway and so we want to deport him. We begin the process now because there are plans to install an Iraqi government. But we cannot send a man back to a country where he risks a death sentence or other inhuman treatment."
It is unlikely that Krekar will be deported in the near future, as the Norwegian authorities still regard the situation in Iraq as unsafe for him to return. In September 2005 Abdel Hussein Shandal, justice Minister in the Iraqi government, said that Krekar should appear in an Iraqi court to face terrorism charges. Shandal offered guarantees that Krekar would not face the death penalty, and that he would not be extradited to other countries if returned. In response to Shandal's comments, Krekar had responded: "For three years now, I haven't done anything against the Iraqi government."
On September 29, 2005 an appeals court ruled that the decision to expel Krekar could not be over-ruled. His lawyer Brynjar Meling threatened to take case all the way to the Supreme Court, and Krekar is now in that court as a result.
The one person who has paid scant regard to issues of Krekar's "safety" in Iraq is Krekar himself. Since he fraudulently gained asylum back in 1992, he has made numerous visits to northern Iraq. On one of those visits Krekar founded the terrorist group Ansar al Islam fi Kurdistan (Supporters of Islam in Kurdistan) in December 2001. This group had its headquarters in Biyarah, close to the Iranian border. In its home town, Ansar al Islam has been responsible for the burning down of beauty salons and murdering women who refuse to wear burkas.
Krekar's regime had continued to cause civilians fear in his fiefdom in northern Iraq until August 2002. In the villages under his leadership, girls were prevented from going to school