Norwegian police face delays in their efforts to question and eventually extradite the man charged in the murder of a 17-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan last week. The two-year-old daughter of the murder suspect and his alleged victim, meanwhile, remained in the care of Italian authorities pending her return to Norway.
The man was arrested at a café in Rome on Sunday after Italian police, working with police in Norway, Denmark and Germany, traced him through his use of a mobile phone and the Internet. He had taken the little girl with him on a four-day flight through Europe.
Norwegian police are eager to question him and bring him back to Norway for trial but must wait for court approval in Italy. Norwegian officials told reporters they have “good cooperation” with their Italian counterparts and must simply “follow the rules” in Italy before they can proceed. “This is merely a matter of formalities,” Linn Hilde Fosso of the West Oppland Police District told news bureau NTB.
The little girl, meanwhile, was found unharmed and was expected to be released into the care of Norwegian child welfare authorities. She had been granted residence permission in Norway along with her mother when they arrived last spring as refugees, pending review of their request for asylum.