Suspect finally admits to kidnapping

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A 28-year-old taxi driver in Oslo who’s been held in police custody since early February has finally admitted that he was involved in the kidnapping of a young woman in Bærum who later was found murdered. He still denies, though, that he had anything to do with her killing.

Both he and a 25-year-old man are charged in the kidnapping and murder of Faiza Ashraf, who called police early on the morning of February 3 to say she’d been seized from a bus stop in Bærum and locked in the trunk of a car.

Ashraf, who had been the target of the taxi driver’s unwanted advances, told police she thought he may be behind her kidnapping. She said she didn’t recognize the man who actually kidnapped her.

Both men were arrested within days and have been in custody since. The 25-year-old later admitted he had seized Ashraf and told police where they could find her body. Reports this week indicated that she was killed by accident — a judge wrote this week that the basis for charges of premeditated murder was “somewhat weakened,” according to newspaper Aftenposten.

Both men were ordered held for at least another four weeks on Friday while the investigation continues.

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