Sanner opens for revoking citizenship

Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Jan Tore Sanner ( Conservative Party ) Integration CitizenshipMinister of Integration Jan Tore Sanner (Conservatives). Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

Sanner opens for revoking Norwegian citizenship

Minister of Knowledge and Integration, Jan Tore Sanner, is changing the instructions to the UDI so that it can revoke citizenship; if interests of basic national interests should indicate this.

Sanner (Conservatives) has received a statement from the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) in connection with the fact that one of Najumuddin Faraj Ahmad’s (aka Mullah Krekar) co-defendants were granted Norwegian citizenship. He was, at the same time, terror indicted in Italy.

The Norwegian Parliament has requested the Ministry of Education and Research (KD) to suspend all matters of revocation of citizenship. The Directorate of Immigration was instructed by KD not to handle such cases. The Minister for Knowledge and Integration is now amending the instruction so that matters pertaining to basic national interests are not affected by the pending position.

Sanner will review the routines pertaining applications

“I take the explanation from the UDI for information. I register, in particular, that they believe this is the basis for establishing a citizenship revocation case. We have asked the UDI for a more detailed report. A report including whether this matter should have been submitted to the Ministry due to basic national interests and considerations to Norwegian foreign policy,” Sanner states.

The Ministry received the report from the UDI on July 23rd.

“The Ministry of Justice and Emergency will, along with the Ministry of Education, go through the exchange of information between the involved bodies. This, to ensure that the UDI receives the information they should have in such cases,” Sanner continues.

The Cabinet Minister also warns that the Ministry, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will consider whether the routines for the processing of citizens’ applications should be extended.

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