Police have arrested a convicted drug dealer in connection with the attempted murder earlier this week of another man described by police as “multi-criminal.” The two were earlier partners in crime and apparently have had a falling out.
The 34-year-old was arrested in Arendal, suspected of being tied to the shooting of the other man several times on Sunday night in a parking area at Jordal on Oslo’s east side. The victim, now identified as 32-year-old Imran Saber, survived the attack and underwent surgery for the second time on Tuesday.
Saber refused to cooperate with police on who gunned him down, but police had suspected the shooting was pre-meditated and tied to earlier criminal deals and conflicts between Saber and former associates. Both Saber and the suspect now under arrest were involved in a high-profile narcotics case known as “Wonderboy” that in turn was linked to the commando-style robbery of the NOKAS currency depot in 2004 and the subsequent robbery of the Munch Museum.
The suspect seized in Arendal was convicted in the narcotics case and is serving a 12-year prison term, reports newspaper Aftenposten, but had been granted leave from prison last weekend. He’s charged as an accessory to the shooting of Saber, indicating police believe another murder suspect remains at large who may have actually pulled the trigger.
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