Oslo court acquits alleged terrorists


An Oslo court acquitted three men of firing shots at Norway’s main synagogue and plotting attacks against the Israeli and U.S. embassies.


The case was the first test of Norway’s strengthened anti-terrorism laws since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.


One defendant, Arfan Bhatti, 30, was found guilty Tuesday of possessing illegal firearms and playing a part in the attempted murder of the leader of a failed pyramid scheme. He was sentenced to up to eight years in prison.

The court ruled, however, that his crimes did not amount to acts of terrorism.

Bhatti and a second defendant were accused of firing 13 shots at the synagogue on Sept. 17, 2006.


Bhatti, a Norway native of Pakistani ancestry, and a third defendant were found innocent of planning an attack against the embassies in Oslo.



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