Thursday 18 December 2014

Norway charges Syria 'terror' man

Published 13/02/2014 | 15:47

A suspected terrorist was arrested on his return to Oslo from Syria
A suspected terrorist was arrested on his return to Oslo from Syria

Police in Norway have charged a man with terror offences allegedly committed in Syria - the first such case in the Scandinavian country.

The 22-year-old man of Pakistani background was arrested on his return to Oslo from Syria on Friday.

The suspect, who was not named, has been charged under laws forbidding Norwegian citizens from supporting or joining terror groups. Local media widely report he is being investigated in connection with terror groups linked to al Qaida.

The suspect's lawyer, John Christian Elden, says the charges relate to actions committed against Syrian government forces and could not be considered "terrorism from a Western country's viewpoint."

Mr Elden said today the man is being treated in a hospital for gunshot wounds.

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