Former gang member and Islamic extremist Arfan Bhatti returned to Norway on Tuesday from a reported holiday in Greece and promptly appealed his latest criminal conviction, this time for beating his children while they read out loud from the Koran.
Bhatti was sentenced to 10 months in jail earlier this month, after a city court found him guilty of beating his son and daughter before he traveled to the Middle East in 2012. They were aged six and eight at the time, and Bhatti was also charged with beating their mother.
He was arrested when he returned from Pakistan, where he also was jailed on charges of having had contact with the Taliban. His defense attorney told news bureau NTB that he was appealing his conviction. He’d also been charged with assaulting a police officer during his arrest in 2012, but was acquitted.
The clean-shaven Bhatti who appeared in court wearing casual clothing now reportedly earns his living as a delivery man. His defense attorney said he traveled to Greece on holiday after the court allowed him to go free after his conviction.