Norwegian goes to court in Norway for murder in Latvia

Stavanger CourthouseStavanger Courthouse.Photo: Carina Johansen / NTB Scanpix

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A 35-year-old man has been indicted for murder after a 41-year-old man died when he was stabbed in Riga last year. The defendant claims he acted in self-defense.

The two men had not met before the day of the incident on April 14th last year, according to the defendant.

The 35-year-old explained that there was a scuffle between them and that he acted in self-defense. The 41-year-old died as a result of the injuries. He had 18 cuts on his chin, neck and chest, writes Stavanger Aftenblad.

The 35-year-old immediately returned to Norway, but reported to the police as soon as he arrived.

At this time, Norway did not extradite its own citizens for prosecution in Latvia. Instead, the Latvian authorities sent a legal request to Norway, requesting that the Norwegian authorities take over the case.

The 35-year-old has been in custody since he was arrested in April. The case comes before Stavanger District Court on March 3rd.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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