A 20-year-old Swedish man, charged with both a robbery and the murder of a young Norwegian in Oslo last fall, was finally extradited from France this week were he’d been arrested while on the run. The Oslo County Court ordered him held at Norway’s high-security Ila Prison pending trial later this year.
Makaveli Lindén was allegedly fleeing crimes committed in his hometown of Uppsala when he arrived in Oslo last October. On the morning of October 15, he allegedly robbed a man in a parking garage near the Colosseum shopping and cinema complex.
Police have said he then ran towards an apartment building near the Majorstuen School, broke into a ground-floor unit and stabbed its occupant, 24-year-old Heikki Bjørklund Paltto to death, before escaping on foot through the nearby Frogner Park. He then fled Norway on the train and is suspected of another murder in Belgium before he was arrested by French police in Dijon.
News bureau NTB reported that Lindén readily admitted to stabbing Paltto to death, and pleaded guilty to the robbery as well. He was brought into court wearing handcuffs and escorted by six police officers.
The judge ordered him held at the Ila prison for at least four weeks, with the custody order expected to be extended until trial.