A man in his 40s, charged with rape against young girls, has been arrested in the United States and extradited to Norway. He is now in custody.
The man was indicted in November 2017 for assaulting several girls under 16 and 14 years. The case against him was scheduled for April 2018, but the man left for the United States before the indictment was announced to him, writes Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen.
– Kripos has put a lot of resources into tapping him. We have greatly benefited from their network against the United States, police attorney Hans Petter Ommedal of the Inland Police District told the newspaper.
The man is charged with rape of children under the age of 14.
The defendant arrived at Gardermoen on Wednesday, and on Thursday was remanded in custody for six weeks for fear that he will again avoid prosecution, despite the fact that his passport has been seized. In the prison meeting, the court emphasized that the defendant was aware that he was under criminal prosecution in Norway when he chose to go abroad and stay there.
– He was not aware of the charges when he left the country a year and a half ago. Because of this, he was also unaware that he was wanted internationally, says lawyer Jan Erik Teigum to Dagbladet.
He adds that the defendant is connected to the United States, which was the reason for the trip.
– The hope is now that we can complete the trial over the next six weeks. When it comes to custody, my client has taken time to consider the decision, Teigum told the newspaper.
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