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Norwegian policeman accused of using his position for sex

A policeman in Western Norway may lose his job over allegations that he used his role as an officer of the law to get sex from a number of women.

Norwegian policeman accused of using his position for sex
The man risks a permanent ban from working with the police. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix
The officer, who is in his 40s, also faces charges of displaying offensive behaviour toward two additional women. 
 
One victim, a woman from Karmøy, needed to report a stolen car trailer to the police. Later that same day, she was sent 70 text messages from the officer offering her massages, local newspaper Haugesunds Avis wrote. 
 
In several of the messages, he also encouraged the woman to send photos of herself so he could “enjoy them”, an indictment from the Norwegian Bureau for the Investigation of Police Affairs (Spesialenheten for politisaker – NBIPA) revealed. 
 
The following day, the officer went to the woman’s home, where the two of them allegedly had sex. 
 
In another case, the man is alleged to have aggressively pursued a relationship with a widow who had returned to Norway to collect her dead spouse’s urn. In yet another, he is said to have sent a number of text messages to a female police cadet that posed intimate questions. 
 
During the NBIPA investigation, the man denied any guilt but did admit to having sex with the women who reported him. 
 
The officer was arrested and detained in August 2015 and was held in custody for nearly three weeks. He was also suspended from his job and risks being permanently barred from working as a police officer. 
 
The case against the officer begins in Haugaland District Court on Monday. 
 
 

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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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