Man arrested for threats involving prime minister

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A 44-year-old man from Romerike, northeast of Oslo, was in police custody this week after threatening violence if he was unable to speak with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

Newspaper Dagbladet reported that the man was arrested on Friday, and a court in Romerike ordered him to remain held in custody for at least a week. The Nedre Romerike Court (Tingrett) agreed with prosecutors that there was a danger the suspect would commit more crimes if released.

The man is charged in two cases, after he also allegedly made death threats against an employee of state social welfare agency NAV. He also threatened to physically assault Stoltenberg in order to be able to talk to him.

It’s the second time in recent months that Stoltenberg has been subjected to threats. Police intelligence unit PST arrested a 47-year-old man in June for making death threats against both Stoltenberg and another national politician. That suspect remains in custody and is undergoing psychiatric examination.

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