Suspected terrorists arrested.
Police in Oslo arrested two men yesterday in connection with tomorrow’s visit by Barack Obama, after fears that they were planning to buy weapons.
Arfan Qadeer Bhatti and a close friend were picked up as a preventative measure after the Police Security Service (PST) overheard a phone call between the two.
Although the PST won't comment further, they believe the two were discussing the whereabouts of explosives and a remote-controlled detonator they’d ordered, writes Dagbladet.
They do, however, confirm that they’d been waiting for the right moment to pick Bhatti up so they could remove him from the centre of the city during Obama’s visit, and arrested him for contravening the Weapon’s Act.
“I expect my client to be released immediately after Air Force One and President Barack Obama have taken off from Gardermoen on Friday at 10.25,” John Christian Elden, Bhatti’s lawyer tells the paper.
Both Bhatti and his friend were also arrested and charged for terrorism in 2006, after shots were fired at the Synagogue in Oslo.
The Weapon’s Act gives the police the right to hold them for up to 72 hours without bringing them to trial.
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