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Man charged in Bislett murder

Police have filed murder charges against one of the men initially arrested after 35-year-old Einar Opsahl was gunned down execution-style on a street near Bislett Stadium in Oslo last month.

The suspect is a 29-year-old man who came to Norway as a child from Laos in 1990 and has been convicted of at least nine crimes since 2001. His convictions have involved narcotics possession, robbery, threats with a deadly weapon, receiving stolen property and extortion.

He already was in custody for possession of 10 kilos of hash and a revolver when police charged him on Wednesday with the murder of Opsahl on June 18. The murder has been characterized as a random attack, possibly the result of a misunderstanding after Opsahl left a bar near Bislett with friends late that Saturday night and tried to find a taxi.

Police have not been able to establish a motive for the killing, but claim they have arrested the right person on the basis of photos, video, witness statements and an extensive investigation. The suspect has denied being around Bislett at the time of the murder.

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