Norwegian police drop criminal case against Al-Ghadir Islamic Center in Sarpsborg

Al-Ghadir centerPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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The police closed the criminal case against Al-Ghadir Islamic Center at Skjeberg in Sarpsborg.

Sarpsborg municipality reported the center for possible violations of infection control regulations on September 8. 

The background for the report was an outbreak in Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad following a celebration in the Center. 

All cases of infection could be traced back to the event.

The Eastern Police District investigated the case and concluded that Al-Ghadir’s event did not constitute a violation of infection control rules at the time.

The investigation showed that around 140 people attended the celebration at most. 

Precautions

They were distributed in such a way that the distance requirement of one meter could be complied with.

Additionally, the Center sent out information about infection control measures in advance, hung up information posters on the premises, and put out alcohol for disinfection in several places, police lawyer Anders Svarholt stated in a press release.

At the time of the event, gatherings of up to 200 people were allowed, provided that the distance requirement of one meter could be complied with and that it was possible to maintain good hygiene.

The police’s conclusion is that Al-Ghadir’s event did not constitute a violation of infection control regulation at the time, and the case was, therefore, dropped.

However, the police pointed out that a similar event today would be banned.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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