Norway Islamist convicted of threats, hate speech

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — A regional court has convicted a Norwegian Islamist and former football referee of hate speech against Jews and threatening two journalists.

The Oslo District Court handed Ubaydullah Hussain, who used to lead the radical Prophet's Ummah group, a 120-day prison sentence but suspended half of it for two years.

Court documents showed that Hussain had already served most of his prison term and he was released immediately.

The court also convicted Hussain on Friday of threatening a witness in the trial of another high profile Islamist, but acquitted him of hate speeches against gays.

On Tuesday, the Norwegian Football Association turned down his application to resume officiating matches after he stopped refereeing in 2011 following disagreement with local football officials.