Populist politician demands Oslo refugee moratorium

A senior politician for Norway's far-right Progress Party has called for a total moratorium on new refugees in Oslo, as her party mulls what price it will demand for staying part of Norway's coalition government.

Populist politician demands Oslo refugee moratorium
Progress Party leader Siv Jensen being followed by reporters ahead of last year's budget. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen
Tone Ims Larssen told Norwegian state broadcaster that party leader Siv Jensen should not satisfy herself with minor concessions when she holds a crisis meeting with Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Monday. 
“This case is much to serious to be discussing other issues like lowering taxes or road tolls,” she said. “Zero settlement of refugees in Oslo.” 
The Progress Party has been threatening to bring down Norway's government since it on Tuesday announced that it would bring home a Norwegian woman who had joined Islamic State group in Syria, together with her two young children.
The woman is scheduled to arrive at Oslo's Gardermoen airport on Friday evening. 
On Thursday, Jensen listed terrorism, security, immigration, taxes, road tolls, and infrastructure development as the six areas where the party is likely to make new demands. 
But Solberg on Thursday said that it would not be possible to renegotiate the agreement underlying the coalition.
Progress Party MP Kari Kjønnaas Kjos on Thursday said she and many other party representatives wanted to leave the government over the case. 
“The party has been shaken after it became known that the government was going to bring home the IS woman,” she said.
“My wish is we go out of government. I do not see a situation where we we can have such a breakthrough that will continue to sit in government,” she told NRK. 

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France charges jihadi with murder in IS territory

France on Friday charged a man with murder days after his expulsion from Turkey, holding him in custody over crimes alleged to have taken place in jihadist-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria.

France charges jihadi with murder in IS territory
People walk under a billboard erected by the Islamic State (IS) group as part of a campaign in the IS controlled Syrian city of Raqqa in 2014. Photo: Raqa Media Center / AFP
Using the pseudonym “Abou Salman al Faransi”, 26-year-old Othman Garrido is believed to have arrived in the region in 2012, where anti-terror prosecutors (PNAT) say he committed “murder in connection with a terrorist undertaking” and joined a “terrorist conspiracy”.
He is believed to have played an important role in and have information on the French jihadist scene.
A judge on Friday ordered him jailed provisionally after he spent the week in police custody.
“Based on photographs of abuses where he is visible”, Garrido “was likely involved in other murders in Iraq and Syria” being probed in a separate investigation, PNAT said.
Prosecutors suspect him of three murders in total, although they have not been able to precisely date the crimes.
France has had an arrest warrant out since 2016 for Garrido, a native of southern city Montpellier.
Turkish forces captured him near the Syrian border in July, and handed him over under a Paris-Ankara deal covering the return of French jihadists.
A youth court sentenced Garrido in 2017 to 15 years in jail for joining the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, where he trained and fought as well as attempting to incite violence by French Muslims.
After burning his French passport, Garrido urged Muslims to kill “infidels” in a seven-minute video distributed by IS' communications arm in 2014.
He was flanked in that recording by two other French jihadists using the pseudonyms Abou Ousama al Faransi and Abou Maryam al Faransi.   
Garrido's parents and two of his brothers have also received jailed sentences of 10 and 15 years. It is unclear whether his brothers, who also travelled to Syria, remain alive.