the Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Paris
The Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Paris
Photo: AFP
The Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Paris

Norway arrests suspect in 1982 attack on Jewish restaurant in Paris

French prosecutors to seek extradition of alleged perpetrator of attack that left 6 dead, at least 20 wounded for second time after Oslo declined first request in 2015

Reuters |
Published: 09.09.20 , 23:05
Norwegian police have arrested a man sought by French prosecutors on suspicion that he took part in a fatal attack on a Jewish restaurant in Paris 38 years ago, the man's lawyer and police said on Wednesday.
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  • The August 1982 bombing and shooting assault on the Jo Goldenberg restaurant killed six people and wounded at least 20.
    the Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Paris the Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Paris
    The Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Paris
    (Photo: AFP)
    In 2015, arrest warrants were issued against three former members of the Abu Nidal Organization, a splinter group of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), a source told Reuters at the time.
    One of the men lives in Norway, where he immigrated in the 1990s, but Norwegian authorities rejected the original 2015 request on grounds that, in most cases, it would not extradite its own citizens.
    The man, now in his 60s, has previously denied any involvement in the case, according to Norwegian daily Dagbladet, which first reported his arrest. In 2015, he told Norwegian daily VG he had never been to Paris.
    The suspects were identified long after the attacks because of statements from other former members of the Abu Nidal group using a French judicial process that maintained their anonymity, the source said.
    צרפת 9 באוגוסט 1982 פיגוע פלסטיני ב מסעדת ג'ו גולדנברג מסעדה יהודית פריזצרפת 9 באוגוסט 1982 פיגוע פלסטיני ב מסעדת ג'ו גולדנברג מסעדה יהודית פריז
    The Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Paris following the August 1982 bombing
    (Photo: AFP)
    Norway recently adopted new pan-European regulations on arrests, leading French prosecutors to seek extradition for a second time.
    A legal process in Norway will determine whether formal grounds have been met for extradition. If he is tried, any judgment will be by a French court.
    "We were contacted this morning after the arrest by the PST," said the man's lawyer, Kenneth Meland. "I've not yet had the opportunity to speak to him myself."
    Meland's law firm also represented the suspect in 2015.
    The attack at the Jo Goldenberg restaurant was at the time the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in France since World War Two and was part of a wave of violence involving Palestinian militants.
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