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Lawyers argue over terror leaks

Lawyers involved in the state’s case against three men suspected of planning terrorist acts in Norway are blaming each other for a long string of leaks to the media. Prosecutors now threaten to seek new defense attorneys for the terror suspects.

Janne Kristiansen, head of the state police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste), told newspaper Aftenposten on Friday that she thinks the defense attorneys are leaking information from confidential documents that can damage the court case. PST has written to the Oslo city court handling the case, saying it will ask the court to replace defense attorneys if the leakage continues.

The defense attorneys deny they’re behind the leaks, with one saying PST is “trying to scare us from doing our job.”

An appeals court in Oslo, meanwhile, decided this week that one of the suspects who also was a police informer in the case should remain in custody. All three are being held separately and in isolation at  least until their initial period of custody expires next week. Prosecutors were expected to seek an extension.

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