Taxi swindler finally back in Norway

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Norwegian police could finally escort a convicted taxi swindler back to Norway over the weekend. Mohammed Aslam had fled the country four years ago and has since been living in his native Pakistan.

Aslam now faces the prison time to which he was sentenced in January 2008, reports newspaper Aftenposten, which uncovered massive tax fraud among taxi drivers in Oslo several years ago. The case was investigated and resulted in numerous convictions among drivers, many from the Pakistani-Norwegian community in Oslo.

A local court convicted Aslam of failing to report taxable income of as much as NOK 100 million, and for using other person’s identities. He managed to flee Norway before being assigned to a prison, while many of his fellow taxi drivers convicted in the massive tax evasion scam were serving their time.

A warrant for his arrest had been issued via Interpol and Aslam was finally nabbed in Pakistan last fall. Pakistani authorities agreed to extradite him back to Norway, the first time Norwegian police have managed to get a wanted person returned from Pakistan.

Aftenposten reported that Aslam was placed in a cell at the main police station in Oslo’s Grønland district, while awaiting for a permanent cell to come available.

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