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Terror suspect and informant released from prison

One of the three men arrested last summer on charges of plotting a terrorist attack in Norway or abroad spent his first weekend at home, after an Oslo court released him Friday evening.

“We just want a normal, quiet life,” the wife of terror suspect and informant David Jakobsen, formerly known as Abdulaif Alisjer, told newspaper Aftenposten.

Jakobsen came to Norway as a refugee from Uzbekistan and went to the police himself late last year, after he allegedly grew concerned about the plans of two acquaintances who also came to Norway as refugees from northwestern China and northern Iraq. Both Mikael Davud, an Uyghur-Chinese, and Shawan Sadek Saeed Bjuak remain in police custody.

Jakobsen has denied having any terrorist plans and claims he was surprised when he was arrested in July along with the other two. They have since admitted to planning attacks either against the Chinese Embassy in Oslo or the offices of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which has sparked muslim ire because of its publication of cartoons deemed offensive.

Jakobsen, age 32, must continue to report his whereabouts to police but the court didn’t think he needed to remain in jail until the terrorism case comes up for trial sometime next year.

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