Thursday, March 30, 2006

An Algerian refugee is being held in a doctor's fatal stabbing in Norway

Nina Berglund:

A 37-year-old man from Algeria, who was appealing the denial of his application for asylum in Norway, was in police custody Thursday. He's charged with stabbing a doctor to death in downtown Oslo on Wednesday.

The fatal stabbing set off a dramatic mid-day manhunt that ended Wednesday night with the arrest of Kamel Mellah, who reportedly has a record of psychiatric problems.

Police had been able to identify the murder suspect fairly quickly, because he'd had an appointment with Dr Stein Sjaastad in Sjaastad's doctor's office earlier in the day.

Mellah, who initially wasn't identified in Aftenposten because of editorial policy, is charged with threatening the doctor's receptionist, pulling a knife on Sjaastad and stabbing him repeatedly in the neck and chest area. The doctor died at the scene.

The would-be refugee then fled the building, which also houses the well-known theater and conference facility called Sentrum Scene. Police evacuated hundreds of persons from the building while launching a massive manhunt for the killer.

He was later arrested about 8:30pm in an apartment next door to the one he rented at Bjerke, on Oslo's northeast side.

Police spokesman Finn Abrahamsen said Mellah had been in Norway for a few years but hadn't been granted permanent resident status. Abrahamsen said he was known for being aggressive towards healthcare workers, and police had warned healthcare personnel in Oslo Wednesday afternoon not to deal with him in case he sought them out while on the run.

Mellah had lived at an asylum center in Mosj√łen, northern Norway, until last year, when he moved to Oslo. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that he had a history of psychiatric problems and once had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital in northern Norway.

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At 5:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid, craven governments.

As opposed to the absurd suit by Muslims in Denmark posted above, the family of the man killed has a more than legitimate grievance against the Norwegian authorities for failing to deport this guy once his asylum application was denied.

And what "editorial policy" would that be? A dirty little secret is openly mentioned here: story content is very often censored due to arbitrary and politically motivated newsroom 'policies'. A typical policy, say, requires illegal immigrants to be referred to as "undocumented". Worse is the complete omission of any mention of race and ethnicity from crime stories, even in the description of violent and clearly dangerous suspects who are still on the loose. Such policies are in part designed to prevent readers from learning how non-natives (i.e. non-whites) commit a grossly disproportionate share of crime.


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