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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Norway: Pride Month attack suspect won’t talk to police

By Kostya Manenkov and Zari Tanner | The Associated Press

OSLO, Norway – The suspect in a mass shooting during an LGBTQ festival in Norway has refused to explain his actions to investigators and will remain in pre-trial custody for the next four weeks, police and his defense lawyer said on Sunday. Told.

The man, whom authorities originally described as a 42-year-old Norwegian national from Iran, was arrested early Saturday, shortly after a shooting in Oslo’s nightlife district. He is being arrested on suspicion of murder, attempt to murder and terrorism.

Norway’s security service called it an “Islamic terrorist act”, killing two people and injuring more than 20.

Oslo police said they tried to question the suspect again on Saturday and Sunday but with no success. The Norwegian media has identified him as Zaniar Matapur.

Matapur’s defense attorney, John Christian Alden, told The Associated Press by email that his client refused to record and videotape his statement until police released the full recording to the public. “Without any delay, so it won’t be censored or manipulated.”

Recording of inquiries is a standard police practice,

Alden has previously said that his client did not deny being the shooter, but did not specify any motive. The lawyer on Sunday said that Matapur has no objection to his being in custody for four weeks, so he will not appear before the court on Monday.

In Norway, pre-trial detention hearings are usually held every four weeks.

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

The gunman opened fire at three locations, including outside a London pub, a popular gay bar in Oslo. Police investigators said it was too early to say whether the attacker specifically targeted the LGBTQ community.

A Pride Parade scheduled for Saturday was canceled due to shooting.

Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said during Sunday’s memorial service that “the shooting in the wee hours of the night brought an end to the Pride Parade, but it did not stop the fighting and efforts to fight discrimination, prejudice and hatred.”

He also addressed the Muslim community of Norway.

“I know how many of you felt when it was discovered that the perpetrator was from the Islamic community. Many of you experienced fear and unrest. You should know this: we stand together, we We are a community and together we are responsible for the community,” Store said during the church service, which was also attended by Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

Norwegian media said Matapur arrived in Norway with his family in the 1990s from the Kurdish part of Iran.

He had a prior criminal record that included a drug offense and a weapons offense for carrying a knife. Investigators said they confiscated two weapons after Saturday’s shooting: a handgun and an automatic weapon.

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