The 25 June trial: – Here he has just been taken

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In connection with the ongoing terror trial in Oslo district court, the police have released new images of what the accused Zaniar Matapour (44) had with him when he attacked in the center of Oslo the night before the Pride celebrations in the summer of 2022.

Kåre Arvid Hesvik (60) and Jon Erik Isachsen (54) were killed when Matapour opened fire outside the pubs Per på kørnket and London Pub, and nine other people suffered gunshot wounds.

Used these weapons in the attack

The attack was interrupted when civilians intervened, first so that Matapour dropped his automatic weapon – an MP40 machine gun – on the ground.

They then ran after him, laid him on the asphalt and took from him the Luger pistol he was armed with.

67 cartridges, dates and knife

Photos from the police show the weapons lying in a police car a short time later, with the magazines next to it. There were then 19 shots left in the machine gun – 18 in the magazine and one that had lodged in the chamber.

AMMUNITION: Matapour was still in possession of large quantities of ammunition when he was arrested. Photo: The police

The police believe that Matapour first emptied the gun magazine with eight shots, before reloading. He managed to fire one more shot as he was overpowered by civilians. No one was hit by the last shot.

After the arrest, further discoveries were made – both on Matapour and in a black bag he had with him before he started shooting.

Here the police found 67 cartridges, some of which were packed together in a plastic bag. A bag of dates and raisins and a folding knife were also found.

In addition, the police found Matapour’s passport and NOK 8,000 in cash.

CASH AND PASSPORT: Matapour had NOK 8,000 and a passport with him when he committed the mass shooting. Photo: The police

Tried to get a tourist visa

During Wednesday’s evidence, previously unknown information was also revealed about what Matapour did in the time before the attack.

Then Geir Gjerde Knutsen, police superintendent in the Oslo police district, explained that Matapour was, among other things, trying to get a tourist visa for Pakistan.

– It was quite a short time before the incident, Knutsen said in his testimony.

However, why he attempted to obtain the visa is unclear.

As is known, Matapour did not want to explain himself – neither to the police, experts nor in the trial.

KNIFE, DATES AND REFLECTIVE VEST: Several items seized – either on Matapour or in his bag. Photo: The police

Tried calling Bhatti

In Wednesday’s evidence, it also emerged that Matapour tried to call the well-known Islamist Arfan Bhatti (46) in the afternoon before the attack via the encrypted app Telegram.

Bhatti did not respond to inquiries, but later that evening sent two messages to Matapour.

– Experienced a lot of injustice from you

In the messages, he asks if he wants to meet a “brother” before he leaves for Pakistan.

The messages were not answered.

Bhatti is charged with complicity in terrorism after the 25 June attack. He is currently in Pakistan, but Norwegian police have requested that he be extradited to Norway. The extradition has been the subject of a lengthy legal process in Pakistan, which has not yet been concluded.

– We still have not received any clarification on whether and when he can be extradited to Norway, Knutsen said in his explanation.

Bhatti denies criminal guilt for the terrorism charge.

THE WITNESS: Geir Gjerde Knutsen has had the policing responsibility for the 25 June investigation. On Wednesday, he testified in the Oslo District Court. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet

THE WITNESS: Geir Gjerde Knutsen has had the policing responsibility for the 25 June investigation. On Wednesday, he testified in the Oslo District Court. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet
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Ex-wife charged

In addition to him, three other people have been charged in the case. Two of them – both men – are in Norway, and have been summoned as witnesses in the trial.

The latest accused is Aisha Kausar (32), the ex-wife of Arfan Bhatti. She will stay in the al-Roj refugee camp in the Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria – beyond the reach of the Norwegian authorities.

– This area is not a recognized state. That makes it difficult for Norway to reach an extradition agreement with them, Knutsen said in court.

Kausar denies criminal guilt, her defender Petar Sekulic previously stated to Dagbladet.

The article is in Norwegian

Tags: June trial

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