PST has arrested a Norwegian in his 60s in Skien at the request of French police, who is believed to be linked to a terrorist attack in Paris in 1982.
“Today we have arrested a Norwegian citizen in Skien. The arrest is based on the European arrest warrant at the request of France”, says senior adviser Annette Aamodt in the Police Security Service (PST) to Dagbladet.
The man will be produced for custody on Thursday.
The background for the accusation is an attack in Paris in 1982, when four perpetrators threw a hand grenade into the Jewish restaurant Goldenberg and fired over 70 shots at customers and employees. Six people were killed and 22 injured. The investigation has been ongoing until the present day.
The attack is linked to the now defunct Palestinian militant Abu Nidal organization (ANO), of which French police believe the Norwegian has been a part.
The man has previously denied the incident and told VG in 2015 that he had never been to Paris. The 60-year-old’s former lawyer does not want to comment on the case, writes Dagbladet.
“This is the second time the French authorities have asked for the Norwegian to be extradited. The first time was in 2015, but then the legislation said that the case was obsolete”, the newspaper writes. The new charge will be identical to the previous one, but French authorities now hope that the man can be extradited, as Norway recently ratified the Nordic-European arrest warrant.
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