Bhatti isolated in Pakistani jail

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Arfan Bhatti, the former Oslo gang member who became an Islamic extremist, has confirmed to Norwegian commercial television station TV2 that he’s currently serving a six-year jail term in Pakistan. The charges against him remain unclear, and he’s trying to appeal.

Bhatti said he doesn’t want any legal help from Norwegian authorities, though, because he consider them infidels. “According to sharia law, I can’t accept help from disbelievers,” he told TV2. “Therefore I haven’t called them or involved them.”

Bhatti’s family in Norway, however, has actively sought help from the Norwegian foreign ministry on his behalf. His defense attorney in Norway, John Christian Elden, also said he was working to get legal documents from Pakistan and get Bhatti’s case up before the court.

Bhatti reportedly was arrested in the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he’s believed to have traveled to engage in holy war. Before that he had a long criminal record in Norway including convictions for violence and extortion. He also was charged with firing shots at a synagogue in Oslo and for making terrorist threats.

newsinenglish.no staff