PST appeals release of spy indicted Russian

PST right-wing extremist terrorism spy indicted RussianNorwegian Police Security Service (PST) headquarters. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

PST appeals release of spy indicted Russian by the Court

Oslo District Court decides to release the spy indicted Russian Mikhail Botsjkarev. PST appeals on the spot.


The Security Division of the Norwegian Police (PST) immediately asked for processual detainment, which means that Botsjkarev will remain in custody until the appeal has been processed.

This the District Court complies to.

The PST ask for detainment for two weeks with a letter and visit control for Botsjkarev during the prison meeting in Oslo District Court on Thursday morning. Police Attorney Kathrine Tonstad tells NTB that the suspicion against the Russians is not weakened and that there is still a lot of investigation remaining.

Slow progress

– We have not come as far as we want in the investigation but believe there is still ample reason to suspect. There are technical investigations remaining and this is the main focus, Tonstad states.

The defender, Hege Aakre, says that her client is confident he is innocent of the allegations by PST and that he proves it with his explanations in questionings. She is flabbergasted over the time needed by the PST to obtain progress in their investigation.

– They say they have not finished analysing the technical evidence they have possessed right from the start of the case, Aakre says.



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