Challenges pile up for new PST chief

Hans Sverre Sjøvold took over as the new chief of Norway’s police intelligence agency PST just last spring. Since then he’s had to deal with another terrorist attack by a young white supremacist, more right-wing extremism and probes into questionable PST operations, while facing charges of illegal weapons possession himself. Sjøvold insists, however, that “the […]

Mosque attacker cites ‘political’ motive

UPDATED: The young Norwegian man who murdered his Chinese-born adopted step-sister and then attacked a local mosque in August was back in court for a new custody hearing on Monday. Philip Manshaus clarified for the first time why he won’t plead guilty to the terror charges against him, but the presiding judge initially banned the […]

Norway won’t bring IS women and children home

The Norwegian government still has no plans to repatriate Norwegian IS women and their young children who currently are living in the Al-Hol refugee camp in Syria. Norway’s police intelligence unit PST charged one of the women with terrorism but won’t seek her extradition either. PST announced that it had changed her status from being […]

White supremacist still in isolation

He complained in court on Monday that it was “boring” to sit in jail in full isolation. A court in Oslo nonetheless ordered that’s where the young Norwegian white supremacist, who murdered his Chinese-born step-sister and then fired shots inside a local mosque, will remain, at least for another two weeks. Then his isolation may […]

Iron roses form new July 22 memorial

It’s been eight years since Norwegians impulsively laid down thousands of roses outside Oslo’s Cathedral to honor the 77 people killed in a right-wing terrorist’s attacks on the government and the Labour Party. Now a thousand roses made of iron have risen at the same spot, part of a new permanent memorial to the victims […]

Step-sister killed because she was Asian

An autopsy into the death of 17-year-old Johanne Zhanglia Ihle-Hansen in Bærum last month has concluded that she was killed with two shots to her head and two to her chest. Her step-brother, 21-year-old terror defendant Philip Manshaus, is charged with her murder, which police now confirm was motivated by her Chinese ethnicity. “We have […]

Telemark man held on terror charges

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST has arrested a man in his 20s from Telemark and charged him with cooperating with others to plan or prepare for a terrorist attack. A Norwegian court quickly ordered him held for at least four weeks in jail with no visitors or communication, while police continue to investigate the charges against […]

State fights hate against Muslims

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has moved forward with plans to tackle expressions of hatred against Muslims in Norway. Four of her government ministers launched the plan, just weeks after a young Norwegian man attacked a mosque and murdered his adopted Chinese sister after becoming a white supremacist. “We already have a string of surveys that […]

Terrorist wanted ‘to scare Muslims’

The 21-year-old Norwegian charged with firing shots inside a mosque and murdering his Chinese-born step-sister last weekend agreed on Monday to undergo a pre-trial psychiatric observation. He now refuses to undergo more questioning by police, but has told them that his main goal was “to scare Muslims.” Unni Fries, defense attorney for Philip Manshaus of […]

PST ‘underestimates white terror threat’

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST received tips last year about the young Norwegian white supremacist who murdered his adopted ethnically Chinese step-sister and then attacked a mosque in Bærum during the weekend. PST didn’t take contact with him, even though he had access to weapons, and now they’re accused of not taking right-wing extremists seriously […]