Afghan murder defendant sentenced

Bookmark and Share

The small-town murder of a teenage refugee mother last summer, which led to the defendant’s dramatic flight through Europe with their toddler child in tow, resulted Friday in a 16-year prison sentence for the accused man from Afghanistan. The relatively long prison term reflected the court’s belief that the murder was pre-meditated.

The 29-year-old defendant filed an immediate appeal even though he admitted last month to killing his refugee wife at her sister’s home in Grua, Oppland County. The victim, now identified publicly as Fahezeh Ahmadi, was killed after being stabbed three times while taking a shower.

The defendant then snatched their two-year-old daughter, took the next train to Oslo and set off a manhunt through Europe as they traveled south through Denmark and Germany. He was finally arrested in Rome. The little girl eventually was put into the care of child protective services back in Norway.

The family had fled Afghanistan earlier last year, with the young woman eventually applying for and receiving asylum in Norway. The defendant was in Norway as an illegal alien, and prosecutors believe the murder was motivated by jealousy.

newsinenglish.no staff