Swede admits guilt in Oslo murder

A young Swedish man has admitted to murdering 24-year-old Heikki Bjørklund Paltto after breaking into the apartment Paltto shared with three other roommates in Oslo’s Majorstuen district two weeks ago. Makaveli Lindén of Uppsala has also admitted to robbing another Norwegian at knifepoint earlier that same day. State broadcaster NRK reported Tuesday that Lindén, arrested […]

Norwegian-Iranian arrested for assassination plans in Denmark

A Norwegian citizen with ties to Iran is in police custody in Denmark, charged with planning to assassinate local Iranians in exile at the behest of Iranian authorities. The situation has set off a diplomatic crisis between Denmark and Iran. Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told reporters Tuesday that Danish authorities have reason to believe […]

Funeral services held for stabbing victim

The Eidsberg Church southeast of Oslo was packed on Thursday when funeral services were held for 24-year-old Heikki Bjørklund Paltto. He was stabbed to death in what police have called a particularly brutal murder in his apartment at Majorstuen in Oslo last Monday. Paltto’s family and many friends gathered amidst memorial wreaths and candlelight inside […]

Murder suspect ‘aggressive and violent’

French police have characterized Makaveli Lindén, the 20-year-old Swede arrested and charged with a brutal murder and robbery in Oslo last week, as both “aggressive and violent.” A French judge ordered on Wednesday that he be held in custody for at least 40 days, while Norwegian authorities arrange for his extradition to stand trial in […]

Phone led to murder suspect’s arrest

UPDATED: The 20-year-old Swedish citizen suspected of a brutal stabbing murder and robbery in Oslo last week has been arrested in France and faced a custody hearing on Wednesday. His use of his mobile phone gave him away. Makaveli Lindén, formerly known as Christian Bo Lindén, was tracked down and arrested in the French city […]

Islamist fled his own trial

Norwegian authorities have issued an international warrant for Mohyeldeen Mohammad, a radical Islamist charged with making threats against a Member of Parliament. They’ve also cut off Mohammad’s welfare payments. Mohammad, age 32, failed to show up in court on Monday when his trial was supposed to begin. Prosecutors told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Tuesday that […]

Parliament sharpens expense reporting rules

The president of the Norwegian Parliament, Tone Trøen, is ordering a full evaluation of the regulations for expense account reporting that apply to both Members of Parliament and non-elected employees of the legislative body. The evaulation comes after newspaper Aftenposten revealed how an MP for the Progress Party has been reimbursed for trips he never […]

Pressure grows on Saudi Arabia

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide called the murder of the critical Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, allegedly at the hands of Saudi Arabian officials, “deeply tragic and unfortunate” over the weekend. She said Norway was waiting for a “credible” explanation from the regime in Riyadh. “What’s happened is unacceptable,” Søreide wrote in an email to […]

Murder suspect now identified by name

Police in Oslo now know who they’re looking for in connection with a stabbing murder and robbery at knifepoint in the Norwegian capital last week. After releasing his photo from a surveillance camera last week, police have identified him as a 20-year-old Swedish citizen from Uppsala who recently was released from prison. The suspect most wanted by […]

Wanted after Oslo murder and robbery

It’s highly unusual for police in Norway to publicly identify crime suspects or those charged with crimes, much less issue photos of those sought for questioning. They’ve made an exception in the case of a murder and a robbery at knifepoint in Oslo this week, which police now believe are connected. This man was being […]