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Norwegian seized in Romania for child abuse

A 59-year-old Norwegian citizen was arrested Saturday in Bucharest, Romania on suspicion of abusing several children and possessing child pornography, Romanian newspapers have reported.

Norwegian seized in Romania for child abuse
Menacing looking agents of Romania's DIICOT special police. Photo: DIICOT
Police chased the man as he fled from his home in the Romanian capital, eventually arresting him in an outer suburb. 
 
According to the Mediafax news agency, the man abused children of as young as ten years old after approaching them in the old town of Bucharest. 
 
After he was arrested, Romanian police searched his home, finding several videos containing child pornography. 
 
The arrest is part of a larger child pornography campaign mounted by Romania's Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT). 
 
Ida Dahl Nilssen, a spokesman for Norway's criminal police service NCIS, said that they had not assisted the Romanian police in the case. 
 
"We have not received any request from the Romanian police. In cases investigated by another country's police, they will turn to us if they want assistance. But for the time being we have not been contacted," she said. 
 
The Norwegian can now be held for 30 days pending a court hearing. 

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Norwegian stabbed father ‘to stop abuse’

A Norwegian woman who stabbed her stepfather to death has claimed that she was forced to do it to prevent him from abusing more children.

Norwegian stabbed father 'to stop abuse'
Aust-Agder District Court - Domstol.no
 
The woman, 44, admits to stabbing her stepfather 21 times in the chest, abdomen, back and arm, at his house in Grimstad, Norway. 
 
"I thought that now he will not be able to destroy more children," she explained to police. "He must be punished." 
 
"Her own upbringing and her descriptions of the sexual abuse of her sister and children justify her actions," the woman's defence lawyer Svein Kjetil Stallemo, told the  Aust-Agder District Court on Monday. 
 
He said that the woman had never been able to reconcile herself to the fact that her stepfather had been acquitted of sexual assaults she claims he committed against her daughters a decade ago. 
 
When one of her daughters called her from a mental institution, where she had been committed as a result of her alleged trauma, the woman snapped. 
 
As soon as she finished the call she said, she grabbed a kitchen knife with 20cm blade and drove by scooter to her stepfather's house five kilometres away, where she stabbed him to death in his bed. 
  
 
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