"Iraq is asking for my extradition so that I can be tried in Iraq under Sharia because I burned the Qur'an in Sweden," Momika said.

The Iraqi refugee sparked outrage around the world in June when he burned the Koran in front of Stockholm's largest mosque on the first day of Eid al-Adha.

This translated into a series of violent protests in Baghdad, where protesters set fire to the Swedish embassy building.

Several countries have also summoned Sweden's envoys to inform them of official protests.

His lawyer, David Hall, told AFP: "Iraq wants to extradite him because he burned the Koran in front of a mosque in June, and according to the law what he did should be a crime in both Sweden and Iraq."

"But this is not a crime in Sweden, so Sweden cannot extradite him" to Iraq, he said after questioning his client.

"I don't know why Iraq embarrasses itself by making such a request, and I'm sure the Iraqi government knows that."

According to the lawyer, the prosecutor in charge of the case must ask the Supreme Court to rule on the extradition request, noting that this process can take weeks or even months.

"He will file a complaint against Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein because he committed a political crime against me," Momika said, referring to the extradition request.

After the Quran was burned again in July, Iraq ordered the expulsion of the Swedish ambassador in Baghdad and the suspension of the license of Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson.

The Swedish government condemned the burning of the Qur'an, but stressed that the country's laws guarantee freedom of expression and assembly and therefore cannot authorize such movements.

Sweden decided in mid-August to raise its terrorist alert level, saying the risk of attacks "will remain for a long time".

The government is considering legal options to prevent moves involving burning texts in certain circumstances, but it is uncertain to find a majority to change its legislation.