Oslo: The lawyer of the 16-year-old accused of terrorism doesn’t want the press in the courtroom

Andreas Berg FevangPhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB

The defense attorney of the 16-year-old boy accused of terrorism wants the trial, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, to take place behind closed doors. 

The Oslo District Court will decide on the matter on Tuesday or Wednesday, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) writes.

Secretary-General Arne Jensen of the Norwegian Editors’ Association insisted that the press should be in the courtroom to ensure transparency. 

State Attorney Marit Formo has requested that the name of an expert witness not be used in the press but is otherwise neutral on the issue of closed doors.

The Police Security Service (PST) believes the 16-year-old had specific terrorist plans in Norway and prepared to carry them out. According to the prosecution, the 16-year-old has made a number of preparations.

Denies criminal guilt

The boy denies criminal guilt and has still not been questioned. According to defense attorney Andreas Berg Fevang, the investigation hasn’t taken place because the police have kept parts of the investigation secret.

“In light of the seriousness of the case and the defendant’s young age, it is particularly important that he has knowledge of the basis for the accusations,” Fevang wrote.

The trial in Oslo District Court will take place from May 18 to May 31.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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