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No concrete Internet proof found

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The United States have accused Mullah Krekar of planning terror actions on the Internet. Norwegian Økokrim confiscated large amounts of recordings of Mullah Krekar’s activity on the Internet, but they have allegedly not managed to find any evidence.

Both the US and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) claim that Mullah Krekar planned terror attacks both in Northern Iraq and in Europe during the last year. Americans have allegedly stated in internal intelligence reports that they fear that Mullah Krekar gives orders of suicide attacker over the Internet.

TV 2 Nettavisen has earlier revealed that this was one of the main reasons why Økokrim, special unit for financial and computer crime, arrested Mullah Krekar, January 3 of this year.

Confiscated
In connection with the arrest of the Mullah January 3, the police confiscated a number of recordings of Mullah Krekar’s speeches on the Internet from the last couple of weeks. According to information provided TV 2 Nettavisen, in connection with the arrest the police got a CD containing other parts of Mullah Krekar’s activities on the Internet.

According to several sources, among others in the PUK, Mullah Krekar has several times urged people to carry out terror attacks.

But according to sources TV 2 Nettavisen has interviewed, in the endorsement sent by Økokrim to the Court of Appeals there is allegedly not a single piece of evidence indicating that Mullah Krekar urges people to commit terror actions, or that he had any contact with suicide bombers over the Internet.

The only thing Økokrim could establish was Mullah Krekar’s role in two suicide missions in Northern Iraq in 2002 while he still functioned as the leader of Ansar al-Islam.

Defame
Before the weekend Økokrim sent over a number of documents to court. The documents allegedly indicates the contact between the US, PUK and Norway in this case, and according to information provided TV 2 Nettavisen, they have been working together very closely for a long time.

But according to information provided TV 2 Nettavisen from sources in the Norwegian police, Økokrim is still waiting for the answers on a number of questions regarding Mullah Krekar from the Americans.

“When you haven’t gotten your questions answered in more than eight months, I think that is an answer in itself,” said Brynjar Meling, Mullah Krekar’s lawyer, to TV 2 Nettavisen.

Meling said he is convinced that Økokrim is only using the Internet accusations to defame the Mullah.

Not leader
The Norwegian news program NRK Dagsrevyen revealed Friday that Mullah Krekar had been presented as leader of Ansar al-Islam on an Arabian debate program aired December 2 of last year. According to nrk.no, Mullah Krekar himself asked to be addressed with that title.

“That’s not correct. I have not been asked to be called leader of Ansar al-Islam,” said Mullah Krekar through his lawyer.

Furthermore, Meling stresses that Mullah Krekar on another Arabian television channel states that he in fact not is heading the organization any more.

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