Norway. Attack on Pride month suspect won’t talk to police
Oslo police said they tried to question the suspect on Saturday and then Sunday without success. Norwegian media identified him as Zaniar Matapour.
Matapour’s defense attorney, John Christian Elden, told The Associated Press via email that his client refused to have his statement taped and filmed unless police released the entire recording. to the public “without delay so that it is not censored or manipulated”.
The recording of interrogations is a common practice of the police.
Elden previously said his client did not deny being the shooter but did not disclose a motive. The lawyer said on Sunday that Matapour had no objection to remaining in detention for four weeks and therefore would not appear in court on Monday.
In Norway, remand hearings normally take place every four weeks.
Norway’s prime minister and members of the royal family joined mourners at a memorial service Sunday at Oslo Cathedral for the victims of the attack.
The shooter opened fire at three locations, including outside the London Pub, a popular gay bar in Oslo. Police investigators said it was too early to tell if the attacker was specifically targeting the LGBTQ community.
A Pride parade scheduled for Saturday was canceled due to the shooting.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said at Sunday’s memorial service that “the nighttime shooting ended the Pride Parade, but that did not stop the fight and the efforts to fight discrimination, prejudice and hatred”.
He also addressed the Muslim community in Norway.
“I know how many of you felt when it turned out that the attacker was from the Islamic community. Many of you have known fear and turmoil. You need to know this: we stand together, we are one community and we are responsible for the community together,” Stoere said at the church service, which was also attended by Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
Norwegian media said Matapour came to Norway with his family from a Kurdish part of Iran in the 1990s.
He had a prior criminal record that included a narcotics offense and a weapons offense for carrying a knife. Investigators said they seized two weapons after Saturday’s shooting: a handgun and an automatic weapon.
Norway’s Internal Security Agency, known by its Norwegian acronym PST, said on Saturday it first learned of the suspect in 2015, then expressed concern that he had become radicalized and part of an unofficial Islamist network. specified.
On Sunday, Norwegian media reported that Matapour had allegedly been in close contact with an Islamist extremist living in Norway whom Norwegian police had long known about.