UPDATED: Oslo police have arrested nine men and charged them with murder or for being accomplices to a murder, after the body of a Vietnamese-Norwegian man was found in a garage in the city’s Grønland district on Monday. The victim himself “was known to police,” according to a police representative, and reportedly faced murder charges himself earlier this year.
Police immediately suspected foul play when they arrived at the garage, although they’ve been cautious in releasing details about the circumstances of the man’s death. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that police were first called when a security guard found the body of the man “in connection with a BMW” in the parking garage of the residential and commercial complex Grønland Torg.
NRK reported Wednesday that another BMW found burning Tuesday evening in Kløfta, north of Oslo, has also been tied to the murder case. Witnesses said they saw a man run away from the car just after it began to burn.
“We’re still waiting for a preliminary autopsy report, but it’s clear to us that this is a murder case,” police spokesperson Grete Lien Metlid of the Oslo Police District told reporters on Tuesday. The identity of the victim is known, but has not been publicly released.
Metlid said police also had “good reason” to believe that the victim was a Vietnamese-Norwegian man in his 40s living in Oslo. His family was notified and police later confirmed his identity.
“We don’t want to go out with further details now,” Metlid said Tuesday afternoon. On Tuesday night, police announced they’d arrested no less than nine suspects, three of them charged with murder or contributing to a murder. The six others are charged for allegedly also contributing to the murder. Several of them were arrested in Kongsvinger, east of Oslo, and police think they planning to flee into Sweden.
Police wouldn’t identify who the nine suspects are, nor would they rule out the possibility of additional arrests on Wednesday. “It’s been very hectic,” Metlid told NRK Tuesday night. “This is all part of an investigation that has led to the arrests, and the investigation is being conducted in conjunction with the victim’s history and earlier incidents in which he’s been involved,” Metlid said.
She wouldn’t reveal any suspected motive for the murder. “We’re working with several theories,” she said.