Poland holds murder suspect pending Norway extradition

4th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Frenchman accused of murdering his Norwegian partner and kidnapping their one-year-old son will be held in Poland until September pending his extradition to Norway, Polish officials said Wednesday.

"A court in Nowy Sacz (southern Poland) decided to keep this man in provisional detention until September 11 pending a formal extradition request from Norwegian authorities," court spokesman Bogdan Kijak told AFP.

The French suspect has "pleaded not guilty and can appeal the decision of the court in Nowy Sacz. He has been given a public defence council and a translator. He can also be in contact with a Norwegian lawyer," Kijak told AFP.

The 37-year-old suspect, identified only as Patrick S. was nabbed in the southern Polish town of Rabka by Polish police Monday acting on a tip-off by Interpol.

The infant, found by police in the back seat of the car the man was driving, was placed in a local hospital.

Polish justice authorities later handed over the baby boy to his Norwegian grandmother, who came to Poland and subsequently took the child back home to Norway, Kijak said.

The murder victim, identified as Camilla Samira Olsen, 32, was found Saturday "stabbed to death" at the couple's home at Kolbotn, south the Norwegian capital Oslo, according to a Norwegian press report. Norwegian authorities immediately launched a search for the suspect.

© 2010 AFP

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