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Norwegian admits killing Thai ex and hiding body

A Norwegian man arrested on Tuesday after Thai police found human remains during a massive raid on his home has confessed to killing his ex-girlfriend and leaving her body in a bin since July 2009.

Stein Havard Dokset, 50, admitted on Wednesday to killing Rungnapa 'June' Ratchasombut but insisted her death was accidental.

He told police she lost consciousness and died after they had an argument and he pushed her down the stairs.

More than two and a half years later, police on Tuesday found Ratchasombut’s decomposed remains in a wheelie bin in a downstairs laundry space at his seven-bedroom home in the Kata beach resort, local newspaper Phuket Wan reports.

A Phuket court ruled on Thursday to hold Dokset in custody for a minimum of twelve days pending a new remand hearing, Aftenposten reports.

Thirty officers swooped on Dokset’s home after relatives of his Thai former girlfriend expressed suspicions he may have been involved in her disappearance, Phuket Wanreported.

On opening a plastic bin in the basement, police were assailed by an overpowering stench. A search led them to the victim’s decomposed remains. She was 30 years old at the time of her disappearance.

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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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