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Faiza’s killer appeals 17-year jail term

The man convicted of kidnapping a young Pakistani-Norwegian woman from a bus stop in suburban Bærum, and later murdering her, immediately appealed the 17-year-term handed down by a local court on Thursday. The sentence is considered long in Norway, where the maximum term is 21 years.

Håvard Nyflot, age 27, claimed he was hired by the victim’s rejected admirer, Shamrez Khan, to snatch Faiza Ashraf while she was on her way to work in February of last year. Her death, he claimed, was an accident.

Khan, meanwhile, was sentenced to eight years in prison for arranging the kidnapping that resulted in death. Both terms were shorter than the 20- and 19-year terms sought by prosecutors. Khan is considering an appeal and so are the prosecutors, arguing that his jail term is far too short.

The murder case attracted wide media coverage, not least because of its drama. Ashraf, grabbed by Nyflot and stuffed into the trunk of his car, managed to call police on her mobile telephone from inside the trunk of the car and provide them with a description of her abductor. She could also tell police that he had told her he’d been hired to kidnap her, and she could tell police that she suspected her rebuffed admirer Khan.

Police arrested both men and continued searching for Ashraf, until Nyflot confessed to her death and told police where he had dumped her body in a local forest.

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