Norway attorney ‘plotted to kidnap rape victim’

An attorney is accused of suggesting that a rape victim should be kidnapped and drugged so that she couldn't testify against his client.

Norway attorney 'plotted to kidnap rape victim'
Amir Mirmotahari said that he only made the suggestion because he was under pressure from the defendant. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix
Attorney Amir Mirmotahari, 38, who is accused of having planned the kidnapping and drugging of a rape victim, was arrested by Oslo Police on Thursday.
“The accused showed up at the police station with his attorney at 1.30pm. He is charged with obstruction of the judiciary system under especially aggravating circumstances under paragraph 132a of the Penal Code,” police superintendent Stein Olav Bredli said.
On Friday morning, Oslo Police requested that Mirmotahari be held in custody while police build their case. 
The lawyer is accused of having planned the kidnapping of a rape victim, something he denies.
On Thursday, VG published an audio recording that appeared to reveal Mirmotahari’s plans to kidnap a rape victim and have her drugged in order to help free his client from rape charges. The plot never came to fruition and the Romanian rape suspect represented by Mirmotahari was sentenced to five years in prison. 
“I can see that I have acted in a manner that is likely to harm lawyers’ professional reputation and will therefore discontinue my law practice with immediate effect,” Mirmotahari wrote in a statement published by VG. 
His now discontinued law firm had seven employees.
“I understand that the recordings shock all who hear them. What I say in the conversation is very offensive to the woman concerned, and I apologize for that,” his statement continued. 
According to VG, the aim of the alleged kidnapping plot was to keep the rape victim from appearing in court to give testimony so that the lawyer’s defendant would be acquitted. Mirmotahari has said that the audio recording has been taken out of context and that plan was never meant to be real. 
“I thought that you, with your background, might have some possible solutions. What about if one should kidnap a person for a few days?” he is heard saying in the recording from May 2015, a week before he was to defend one of two Romanian men who were charged with having beaten and raped a 40-something drug addict in August 2013.
Mirmotahari said that he was under extreme pressure from the man who made the recording. 
“I did say it. It sounds harsh, it's unfortunate. But it nothing ever happened anything,” the lawyer said. 
Mirmotahari said that he and his family have had to live at a secret address because he has faced numerous threats. 


Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Norwegian police will continue to be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, but the advice for Pride events nationwide to be postponed has been scrapped, the Police Directorate announced Wednesday. 

Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Police in Norway will continue to be armed for the foreseeable future, the Norwegian Police Directorate announced yesterday. 

It was announced that police in Norway be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, which left two dead and 21 injured last week

Yesterday, Norway’s domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism service, PST, lowered the terrorist threat level from extraordinary to high- the second-highest level. 

“The threat level in Norway has changed from extraordinary, to high, according to PST. The danger of follow-up actions or inspired attacks means that the police will continue to be temporarily armed,” the Police Directorate wrote on its website

The police said that PST had widened the threat picture from LGBT groups to other broader targets. 

“PST maintains that LGBTQI + is still included in the target picture, but also people and events that are perceived to offend Islam, religious gatherings and uniformed personnel from the police and defence,” the police said on its website. 

Police also dropped the advice that Pride and LGBT events across the country be postponed. The recommendation was implemented due to a fear of copycat attacks from PST. 

Decisions on whether it was safe for events to go ahead would be made by local authorities going forward. 

“A national recommendation to postpone Pride events expires. The police districts will themselves make risk assessments related to individual events and handling of large crowds based on the overall threat picture and local conditions,” police director Benedicte Bjørnland said.