Norway: Suspect in Satisfaction Month assault will not discuss to police


OSLO, Norway — The suspect in a mass taking pictures throughout an LGBTQ pageant in Norway has refused to elucidate his actions to investigators and can stay in pretrial custody for the following 4 weeks, police and his protection lawyer mentioned Sunday.

The person, whom authorities described as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen initially from Iran, was arrested shortly after the taking pictures in Oslo’s nightlife district early Saturday. He’s being held on suspicion of homicide, tried homicide and terrorism.

Two individuals have been killed and greater than 20 have been injured in what the Norwegian safety service known as an “Islamist terror act.”

Oslo police mentioned they tried to query the suspect on Saturday and once more on Sunday with out success. Norwegian media recognized him as Zaniar Matapour.

Matapour’s protection lawyer, John Christian Elden, advised The Related Press by e mail that his consumer refused to have his assertion recorded and videotaped until police launched the complete recording to the general public “with no time delay so it received’t be censored or manipulated.”

Recording interrogations is a typical police follow.

Elden beforehand mentioned his consumer didn’t deny being the shooter however had not divulged any motive. The lawyer mentioned Sunday that Matapour didn’t object to remaining in custody for 4 weeks so wouldn’t seem in courtroom on Monday.

In Norway, pre-trial detention hearings are usually held each 4 weeks.

Norway’s prime minister and members of the royal household joined mourners at a memorial service Sunday at Oslo Cathedral for the victims of the assault.

The gunman opened hearth at three areas, together with outdoors the London Pub, a well-liked homosexual bar in Oslo. Police investigators mentioned it was too early to say whether or not the attacker particularly focused the LGBTQ neighborhood.

A Satisfaction parade scheduled for Saturday was known as off due to the taking pictures.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere mentioned throughout Sunday’s memorial service that “the taking pictures within the night time hours put an finish to the Satisfaction parade, nevertheless it didn’t cease the battle and the efforts to battle discrimination, prejudice and hatred.”

He additionally addressed Norway’s Muslim neighborhood.

“I understand how lots of you felt when it turned out that the perpetrator belonged to the Islamic neighborhood. Lots of you skilled worry and unrest. It’s best to know this: We stand collectively, we’re one neighborhood and we’re liable for the neighborhood collectively,” Stoere mentioned throughout the church service, which was additionally attended by Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

Norwegian media mentioned Matapour arrived in Norway together with his household from a Kurdish a part of Iran within the Nineties.

He had a previous felony report that included a narcotics offense and a weapons offense for carrying a knife. Investigators mentioned they seized two weapons after Saturday’s shootings: a handgun and an automated weapon.

The Norwegian home safety company, identified by its Norwegian acronym PST, mentioned Saturday it first turned conscious of the suspect in 2015 and later grew involved he had turn into radicalized and was a part of an unspecified Islamist community.

On Sunday, Norwegian media retailers reported that Matapour allegedly was in shut contact with an Islamic extremist dwelling in Norway whom Norwegian police had been conscious of for a very long time.


Tanner reported from Helsinki.

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