A Norwegian-Pakistani suspected of raping and murdering a 7-year old girl in Pakistan stands to lose his Norwegian citizenship, and any help from the Norwegian government, if it turns out he had recently gotten Pakistani citizenship. The man, 24, is a member "A-gang" in Oslo, and has prior convictions in Norway for violence. The man, who'd been living for quite a while in Pakistan, has family in Norway, including a wife and children. In Norway he had worked at a car-wash and received welfare benefits.
The man risks a death sentence if he's found guilty of the abduction, rape and murder of a 7-year old girl in October.
On Saturday he went back on his confession and said he confessed after he was mishandled and beat with clubs by the police.
The 24 year old has a wife and children in Oslo, and Norwegian citizenship. But, according to his lawyer, Abid Q. Raja, he had also gotten himself a Pakistani passport. He did so in order to be counted for the Pakistani pilgrim quota which is considerably larger than the Norwegian one.
Aud Marit Wiig, the Norwegian ambassador, says that the man had gotten Norwegian citizenship after he applied for it. He doesn't yet know if the man is not still a Norwegian citizen, but he knows the Pakistani authorities think he's a Pakistani citizen.
The Norwegian authorities are now trying to determine how the man had gotten a Pakistani passport. If he bought a forged passport, or got one any other way - he is guaranteed support from the Norwegian authorities. But if he has formally gotten legal Pakistani citizenship - he lost his legal rights for help from the Norwegian authorities. The reason is that double citizenship is illegal according to the Norwegian citizenship laws.
Sources: Dagbladet (Norwegian), Aftenposten (English), Aftenposten (Norwegian)
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