Police in Oslo are still investigating the shooting 19 years ago of publisher William Nygaard, and have been subject to questioning themselves. The shooting was widely believed to be tied to Nygaard’s decision to publish author Salman Rushdie’s controversial book “The Satanic Verses,” which prompted a death decree from the leader of Iran at the time.
Nygaard, head of publishing house Aschehoug, was shot three times in the driveway of his Oslo home in October 1993. He survived but his gunman was never found. Renewed criticism of the police investigation emerged again this week,wih Rushdie himself suggesting to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that the decision to drop the investigation may have been politically motivated.
Police were ordered to reopen the investigation three years ago, after state prosecutor Lasse Qvigstad declared the case to have great significance. Now he’s critical once again about the pace and quality of the police investigation. Oslo’s depute police chief Roger Andresen has also been investigated for dereliction of duty in the case, but was later cleared.
Today, the case still hasn’t been solved. Newspaper Aftenposten reported Wednesday that even if a suspect is finally identified, the statute of limitations may have run out for imposing any punishment.