Norwegian citizen charged over suspected double murder in Bosnia

Police in Norway have charged a man in his forties over the deaths of two people in Bosnia in 2014.

Norwegian citizen charged over suspected double murder in Bosnia
File photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix

The case has been transferred from police in the Balkan country to their counterparts in Norway, reports newspaper Dagbladet.

“(The man) is accused of two murders committed in Bosnia,” police lawyer Hans-Petter Aasen of the Sørøst (South East) police district told Dagbladet.

The man, who is currently imprisoned in Norway for domestic violence, was in 2015 cleared of the double murder in Bosnia, but the acquittal was later nullified.

He gave up his Bosnian citizenship but retained his Norwegian one prior to the reversal of the previous verdict, according to the report. That meant he was free until Norwegian police took over the case.

Law enforcement in Norway has since worked to transfer the investigation to its jurisdiction, according to the Dagbladet report.

Police prosecutor Irén Svane Mathiassen said in April that investigation work carried out by Norwegian authorities led to the request for transferral over the case from Bosnia.

“Our interest in this case was that it is a Norwegian citizen living in Norway and you cannot get away with serious crime simply by changing citizenship. There is no guarantee charges will be raised in Norway, but we certainly want to ensure full investigation of the case,” Mathiassen said previously.

The man’s defence lawyer John Christian Elden told Dagbladet, also in April, that he was unsure why Norwegian police had become involved in the case.

“We understand from lawyers in Bosnia that Norwegian have been very actively trying to get the case transferred. That is concerning as it has nothing to do with Norway,” he said.

Elden said he did not believe it would be legal for the man to be charged for a crime he had been acquitted of in another country.

But that has now transpired with the Norwegian charge over the suspected crime.


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.