Norway finally outlaws stalking

A law goes into effect on Thursday that officially bans stalking in Norway.

Norway finally outlaws stalking
Norway previously did not have specific legislation on stalking. Photo: Heiko Junge / Scanpix
Unlike other Scandinavian countries, Norway has not had a specific ban on stalking thus making cases very difficult to prosecute. 
“Now we have it finalized. It’s a great day for those who have been subjected to stalking,” Justice Minister Anders Anundsen told Dagbladet. 
The change to the penal code entails including a section specifically stating that “one who repeatedly threatens, follows, observes [or] contacts” an individual can be punished by up to four years in prison. 
“This provision affects the most serious form of stalking, which can hamper an individual’s freedom of movement and be extremely troublesome,” Anundsen said. 
Conservative spokesman Hårek Elvenes told NTB in March that when the new law takes effect it will be “possible to prevent, investigate and prosecute stalking more effectively”.


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.