Two charged in weapons case

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A 37-year-old man has been charged with illegal receipt and storage of weapons in the same case as radical Islamist Arfan Bhatti, who also has been charged and held in custody since mid-May.

The 37-year-old, who runs a small messenger service in Oslo, has acknowledged having taken possession of and stored weapons that were found by police. Newspaper VG recently reported that he refuses, however, to reveal who asked him to store the weapons. He claims he received the weapons a week before he was arrested and later charged on May 15.

Police won’t say whether they suspect Bhatti was the one behind the weapons acquisition and storage request. He was arrested a day after the 37-year-old was charged, just before Norway’s 17th of May holiday when concerns of a possible terrorist attack in Oslo were running high. Bhatti was ordered held in custody after his appeal of false arrest was rejected by the Oslo appeals court, Borgarting lagmannsrett. staff