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Iraq wants Mullah Krekar extradited

BAGHDAD, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Iraqi officials want Mullah Krekar, currently in Norway, to be extradited for alleged crimes committed in Kurdish areas of northern Iraq.

Justice Minister Abdel Hussein Shandal told TV 2 Nettavisen Friday Krekar "is an Iraqi citizen and should appear in court." He is charged with a string of offenses and terrorist attacks in Northern Iraq when he led the guerrilla group Ansar al-Islam, reported Aftenposten.

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"We're building a democratic state, and he will have the right to defend himself and have an attorney," Shandal said.

Shandal said Krekar motivated and encouraged Ansar al-Islam -- which the United States says is linked to al-Qaida -- to make new terrorist attacks within Iraq while in exile in Norway.

Krekar has fought deportation and denied he has encouraged Ansar al-Islam to attack.

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