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Persistent ‘Panty Man’ jailed in Norway

Dubbed ‘Panty Man’ by the Norwegian press, a 31-year-old resident of Buskerud in south-eastern Norway was sentenced to 11 months in prison on Tuesday for sexual harassment.

Persistent 'Panty Man' jailed in Norway
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The sex offender earned national notoriety for sending messages of a sexual nature to girls as young as ten years old, often asking them to give him their panties.

Tuesday’s guilty verdict by Drammen district court was the man’s fifth criminal conviction, newspaper Budstikka reports.

The court found him guilty of a vast array of offences: aggravated fraud against telephone operator Telenor, a second count of fraud, threatening a taxi driver, 34 counts of identity theft, four counts of sexually harassing children, four other counts of sexual harassment or indecent behaviour, 42 counts of threatening behaviour, one count of disturbing the peace, and one count of shoplifting.

Prosecutors had called for the accused to be given a 15-month sentence, with seven of the months suspended.

Instead, the court opted for a shorter, 11-month jail term, but with none of the sentence delayed.

According to the court, the 31-year-old suffers from a serious psychiatric condition and has a “significantly impaired ability to assess his relationships with other people.”

A Facebook group agitating against Panty Man’s activities currently has more than 4,600 members. 

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Norwegian police say second suspect involved in deadly Oslo shooting

Norwegian police said on Friday they had issued an international arrest warrant for a second suspect in a June shooting that killed two people near a gay bar in central Oslo.

Norwegian police say second suspect involved in deadly Oslo shooting

The suspect is a Norwegian in his 40s who had already shown up on police radar and is suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”, Borge Enoksen, a police official, told a press conference. Police think the man is currently abroad, but did not provide any more details.

According to TV2, the suspect is Arfan Bhatti, a 44-year-old Islamist with prior convictions who is thought to be in Pakistan, which does not have an extradition treaty with Norway.

On June 25th, Zaniar Matapour, 43, is alleged to have opened fire near a gay bar in central Oslo in the early morning hours, amid celebrations linked to the city’s Pride festival.

The shooting killed two men, aged 54 and 60, and wounded 21 others, with Matapour quickly arrested. Matapour, a Norwegian of Iranian origin, had been known to Norway’s PST intelligence service since 2015, with concerns about his radicalisation and membership of “an extremist Islamist network”.

Norway’s domestic intelligence service has previously described the attack as “an act of Islamist terrorism” and said Matapour had “difficulties with his mental health”. He is currently at a psychiatric hospital for court-ordered mental evaluation.

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