Norway seizes weapons, remands Islamist for four weeks

Norwegian Islamist Arfan Bhatti has been remanded in custody for four weeks, suspected of involvement with a cache of weapons found in Oslo last week.

Bhatti has appealed the decision of the authorities to hold him in custody, reports broadcaster NRK.

Oslo District Court believes that there are several grounds on which to suspect that Bhatti may attempt to destroy evidence should he be released, according to the report.

Several weapons were found in Oslo Saturday, but police declined to give further details of the circumstances of the discovery.

“Bhatti’s name was quickly connected to the case and it was necessary for us to arrest him,” police lawyer Anne Cathrine Aga told NRK.

Bhatti was arrested Tuesday evening and is suspected of illegal involvement with firearms.

The Islamist, who has Pakistani parents, was born and brought up in Oslo, where he joined the Young Guns gang in the early 1990s. He later became radicalised, and was jailed for his role in shots fired at an Oslo synagogue in 2006.

After being released from prison in Pakistan in 2013, Bhatti warned Norway against joining the US-led coalition against the Islamic State terror group in 2014.

His stepson was last year reported to have been murdered by a rival, who was himself then executed by Isis for the crime.

The court also upheld Wednesday a police request that he be denied visits and letters during the custodial period.

“A number of weapons and ammunition have been confiscated.

“There are a number of statements and reports that connect the accused [Bhatti, ed.] with these weapons and show that the accused has been in contact with co-accused in the relevant period of time,” district court judge Jørgen Monn said in the custodial order.

Aga declined to confirm to NRK the nature of the connection between Bhatti and other individuals connected to the confiscation of the weapons.

Two others have been arrested, of which one remains in custody while the other has been released, reports NRK.

“We are engaged in an active investigation and several people are involved. One individual is already remanded in connection with the case, with interference with evidence also our focus here,” Aga told NRK.

Bhatti denies the accusation and any knowledge of the case, and has appealed against the decision to remand him in custody.

“He has been arrested [previously] several times just before [Norway’s national day] May 17th, and if police wanted him out of Oslo before May 17th, they could have just asked him to leave,” defence advocate Bernt Heiberg said according to NRK.

Aga rejected claims the arrest was connected to May 17th.

“I can see that Bhatti believes the arrest is political, but this is a completely normal criminal case. We arrest criminals all year round,” Aga said.

Details of proceedings in court are protected from publication and Aga declined to confirm what police believe Bhatti’s exact connection to the case is.

But the suspect refused to give blood samples, fingerprints, have his photograph taken or respond to police questions, saying he has provided police with these on a previous occasion, reports NRK.

He has several previous convictions for threatening behaviour, extortion and violence.

Aga said that police would go through the courts in order to secure the samples they need to continue their investigation.

thelocal
arfan_bhatti islamist Norway
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
1 view in february
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Society
Euronext operates stock exchanges in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin and Lisbon. In a statement, the operator said it had approached the board of directors of the Oslo Stock Exchange (Oslo Bors VPS) to seek its support for a tender offer of 625 million euros for all outstanding shares in the bourse. "Euronext strongly believes that Oslo Bors VPS' unique strategic and competitive positioning, including a global leading position in seafood derivatives and...
Society
The Abortion Act is one of the most controversial issues during the Government negotiations that started on Hadeland yesterday. NTB has talked to several who were on the «red» side in the struggle for the Christian Democrats’ choice of direction. That ended up with a «blue» victory as most are aware. Not least because of Deputy Leader Kjell Ingolf Ropstad singled out that it presented a «historic opportunity» to make changes to the Abortion Act’s section 2...
Society
A Morocco prosecutor on Sunday presented to an anti-terror judge 15 people suspected of links to the murder of two Scandinavian women in the Atlas Mountains, Rabat's attorney general said. The prosecution asked that the suspects be investigated for "setting up a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts", "premeditated attacks on life" and "advocating for terrorism", the attorney general said. Seven other detainees will be referred to the prosecution in th...
Society
Lower Norwegian King Crab quotas in 2019 The total Norwegian quota for male King Crabs has been set at 1400 tonnes for 2019. This is a decrease of 350 tonnes from 2018. The Ministry of Fisheries simultaneously warns of tighter control of the industry.   – In recent years we have had a very high degree of harvesting of King Crab. Now the researchers say that if this continues, it will lead to a collapse of the stock. That will not happen. We will continue t...
Society
Dreary news from around the world As Christmas peace descends on those fortunate to live in a peaceful corner of Tellus, it is business as usual, out in the ”real” world. Death toll rises after an attack on Government buildings in Kabul 43 people have been killed following an attack on Government offices in Kabul, Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, the authorities state. At least ten people are injured. Most people killed are employees of the Ministry of Labour...
Society
Heavy winds, avalanche and landslide hazards and slippery roads create problems in several places in Norway on Christmas day. – Drive extremely cautiously, the police urges.   Slippery roads, closed Mountain crossings and bad weather In Voss, one of several areas where, according to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), there is a considerable landslide hazard on Christmas Day, a two-cubic meter block of ice fell on the E16 at Evanger...
Society
Since 1999, the average American has become heavier and shorter according to a state health study. By 2015, the average height Americans around the country were 175.4 centimetres, two millimetres shorter than at the start of the study in 1999. American women were also two millimetres shorter. The study also shows that American men and women have become around three kilograms heavier on average since 1999. The average American woman now weighs 77 kilograms,...
Society
PFU believes that iTromsø, Dagsavisen and Harstad Tidende have violated good press coverage in their writing surrounding sexual harassment allegations against former Progress Party Youth (FpU) Deputy Leader, Kristian Eilertsen. The cases ended with that Eilertsen received a warning from the Progress Party’s organisation committee, without being deprived of office nor imposed with other sanctions. Eilertsen reacted to the coverage of the matter in iTromsø,...
Society
The European Union on Tuesday published further contingency plans for a "no-deal" Brexit, piling pressure Prime Minister Theresa May by warning that Britons will lose a host of travel rights from recognition of driving licences to lower credit card fees and no mobile roaming charges. The European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, said that, while it is working hard for a deal, it must prepare for "all outcomes" and "contingency measures in narrowly def...