Norway terror suspect released

October 15, 2010 21:01


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OSLO, Norway — One of three suspects in a Norwegian terror probe was released Friday after the Supreme Court rejected an attempt by the police security service to keep him in custody.

David Jakobsen, a 32-year-old Uzbek national, was arrested July 8 along with two other men in what US and Norwegian officials believe was a plot linked to the same al-Qaida planners behind thwarted schemes to attack New York's subways and a British shopping mall.Prosecutors later revealed that Jakobsen had been a police informant in the case, but he still faces terrorism charges because the allegations against the group rely partly on events that took place before he approached police last year.

An appeals court on Thursday ordered Jakobsen's release, saying he was not a flight risk and would not interfere with the investigation.

The Norwegian security service, PST, tried to overturn the decision, but the Supreme Court on Friday rejected its appeal. His lawyer, Rene Ibsen, told The Associated Press Jakobsen was set free later Friday.

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