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Woman filmed drowning of one-year-old daughter

A 26-year-old woman in Oslo has been charged with the second-degree murder of her one-year-old daughter after she and her partner allegedly discussed how best to discipline the child in an online video chat session.

The incident took place at around 3am on October 10th last year. With the child still lying awake, the woman and her boyfriend, who lives in the United Kingdom, spoke about what they should do.

After they had deliberate, the child’s mother then went and got a bucket, filled it with water, and held the child’s head under the surface until she stopped breathing.

“The accused has explained that her boyfriend helped her with disciplining the child, and that he suggested holding the child upside down in a bucket of water,” prosecution lawyer Kristin Rusdal told newspaper VG.

As her 33-year-old boyfriend followed the events on his computer screen, the woman called for an ambulance and the girl was taken to the National Hospital, where she died the next day.

The woman explained that the girl had drowned after falling into a bucket of water. A post mortem examination proved inconclusive, but police found the mother’s explanation difficult to believe and soon launched an investigation into the infant’s death.

The woman has admitted to the facts of the case but told police she only intended to discipline the child, not to kill her.  

Prosecution counsel Kristin Rusdal said, however, that police believed the child was subjected to serious physical abuse in the period prior to her death. 

Oslo police are currently seeking to have the woman’s boyfriend brought to Norway to face trial. He has been charged with acting as an accessory to murder.   

Police said the pair had formed a romantic relationship over the internet but had only met in person on one occasion.

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Two more arrested for suspected involvement in Oslo Pride shooting

Norwegian police said Monday they had arrested two alleged accomplices of the suspect in a June shooting that killed two people in Oslo on the sidelines of Pride celebrations.

Two more arrested for suspected involvement in Oslo Pride shooting

The two suspects were arrested on Sunday in Oslo suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”, the Oslo police said in a statement.

One is a Somali man in his forties, the other a Norwegian in his thirties — both of them known to police. Their identities were not disclosed.

In the early hours of June 25, a man opened fire near a gay bar in central Oslo during celebrations linked to the city’s Pride festival.

The shooting killed two men, aged 54 and 60, and wounded 21 others. Immediately after the shooting, police arrested Zaniar Matapour, a
43-year-old Norwegian of Iranian origin, on suspicion of carrying out the attack.

The new arrests bring the number of people implicated in the attack to four, as Norwegian police announced last week they were seeking another suspect linked to the shooting.

On Friday, Oslo police announced that they had issued an international arrest warrant for Arfan Qadeer Bhatti, a 45-year-old Islamist with a prior conviction, who is also suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”.

“The police still believes Bhatti is in Pakistan,” a country with which Norway has no extradition agreement, police said Monday.

“To ensure the best possible cooperation with the Pakistani authorities, we had Oslo police officers in Pakistan a short time ago,” it added.

According to police, they have not yet had direct contact with Arfan Bhatti but have spoken to his Norwegian lawyer, Svein Holden, and say they expect the legal proceedings in Pakistan to take time.

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