Convicted kidnappers lose appeal

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Both of the two men convicted in the kidnapping and death of a 26-year-old woman outside Oslo last winter have lost their appeals.

Håvard Nyfløt, age 27, and Shamrez Khan, age 29, were sentenced to 17 and 18 years in prison by a local court in Bærum after 26-year-old Faiza Ashraf was found murdered in a forest near Solli in Asker. Ashraf had disappeared a week earlier in a dramatic kidnapping.

She’d been on her way to work in Oslo early on the morning of February 3, 2010, when a car pulled up to the busstop where she was standing in the Høvik area of Bærum. A man jumped out, grabbed her and put her in the trunk of the car before driving off.

Ashraf managed to call police on her mobile phone while locked inside the trunk and they launched an immediate search for the car, but eventually lost her mobile signal. She had identified Khan, however, as possibly being behind the abduction. He had been an unwanted suitor but the kidnapping was carried out by another man.

Khan was quickly arrested and Nyfløt was arrested after Ashraf’s body was found and he ultimately admitted to the kidnapping. He claimed her death, however, was accidental.

The appeals court didn’t agree and both men continue to face lengthy jail terms pending further appeal.

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