STAVANGER, Norway – Police in Norway say they have charged a man with terror offenses allegedly committed in Syria — the first such case in the Scandinavian country.
Security Police spokesman Martin Bernsen said Thursday that the 22-year-old man of Pakistani background was arrested Friday on his return to Oslo from Syria.
The suspect, who was not named, has been charged under laws forbidding Norwegian citizens from supporting or joining terror groups. Local media widely report he is being investigated in connection with terror groups linked to al-Qaida.
The suspect's lawyer, John Christian Elden, says the charges relate to actions committed against Syrian government forces and could not be considered "terrorism from a Western country's viewpoint."
Elden said Thursday the man is being treated in a hospital for gunshot wounds.