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Custody row behind Norway murder: report

Norwegian police arrived in southern Sweden on Tuesday to take part in the questioning of a Swede who killed his ex-girlfriend and left her in an abandoned cottage in Norway on Sunday, after having kidnapped her and their son.

"It's completely unfathomable. We had no idea,” the man’s family told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The man, who was on the run from police after the kidnapping, was discovered on Monday around 3.30am by Swedish police at a car park in Växjö, southern Sweden.

His clothes were covered in blood and he was asleep, together with his child, in the car.

The 45-year-old man was immediately arrested and he confessed to murdering the missing woman, and was able to point out where police would find the body.

The body of the woman was found in an abandoned cottage by the Grønkjaer ski facility, not far from the man’s house in Norway.

The 45-year-old man, who underwent continued police interrogation in Sweden on Tuesday, is now suspected of murder.

Police have not disclosed any details about the cause of the woman’s death, but Norwegian police said a forensic investigation is underway.

The motive behind the murder also remains unclear, although an Aftonbladet source has pointed to a child-custody dispute.

The 11-month-old boy has been handed over to social authorities, and it remains unclear of who will take care of him in the future.

The 26-year-old woman had reported the man in the summer for harassment.

Norwegian authorities are expected to request his extradition to Norway.

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‘Italian police want to smear us’: Norway firm

The Norwegian company accused of running a "child kidnapping and human trafficking gang" in Italy has accused police in Palermo, Sicily, of deliberately seeking to smear it with false allegations.

'Italian police want to smear us': Norway firm
Martin Waage - ABP World Global website
The Norwegian company accused of running a "child kidnapping and human trafficking gang" in Italy has accused police in Palermo, Sicily, of deliberately seeking to smear it with false allegations. 
 
"These allegations were made by the Palermo police with the sole purpose of harming ABP World Group," ABP World Group said in a press release on Monday night. 
 
The company, which describes itself as a "child recovery" specialist, said that it always followed local and international laws, never used firearms, and only worked for parents who had been awarded sole custody of their children. 
 
Martin Waage, CEO and founder of ABP World Group, said: “We are a serious company working with legal child recoveries. We never use weapons – that would mean that the situation was already too dangerous for the child involved." 
 
The company said that two of its employees have now spent a year in jail in Tunisia without trial. 
 
"They have been falsely accused by Tunisian police of a 'potential kidnapping', when in fact they were hired as a security detail to a woman who was due in court for a custody trial," it said. 
 
"As of today, the mother has been given sole custody of the child by Tunisian court as well, but is still held against her will in Tunisia and hasn’t got her child returned which is a gross violation of the mother´s rights."
 
Sicilian police announced last week that they had arrested four people connected with the company, including Larysa Moskalenko, a Ukrainian former Olympic sailing champion, who is accused of hiring our speedboats to the alleged kidnappers.  
 
Sicilian police said that the company employed  “contractors, for the most part veterans of special corps from the armed forces, ready to offer their operational skills to whoever was willing to pay them handsomely enough." 
 
It accused them of using weapons, such as taser guns and pepper spray during their operations. 
 
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