Police have arrested 20-year old Makaveli Linden in Dijon, France, the man suspected to have brutally killed a Norwegian cryptocurrency trader two weeks ago.
XBT.net previously reported on the initial incident when the crime was first reported and again when the suspect was identified and reported to Interpol.
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Linden, a Swedish citizen, was on the run following the murder of 24-year old Heikki Bjørklund Paltto in an Oslo apartment. He was put on Interpol’s wanted list and finally got arrested last Tuesday in Dijon, France, reports Aftonbladet.
The news report indicates that police tracked the suspect to Dijon, a French city in the East of the country and approximately 1700 kilometers from the crime scene in Oslo.
Sources close to the French police say that officers attached to the case were able to trace the suspect’s whereabouts using his “digital track,” including an attempt to exchange money into the local currency.
Aftonbladet also aired television images from security footage that showed Linden with a backpack and apparently on the move.
After the arrest, police in France informed their counterparts in Norway and Sweden. Police also contacted the suspect’s relatives before declaring that the manhunt was over.
On Tuesday last week, the Oslo police department received information concerning Linden’s arrest and immediately began the process of getting the 20-year old suspected murderer extradited to Norway.
The request for the extradition was sent on Wednesday, a day after Linden appeared in a French court in Dijon. Should the suspect oppose the extradition request, then it may take a little longer before he is sent to Norway.
Prosecutor Christian Hatlo said that they had sent a team of officers to France to help interrogate the suspect. Oslo police chief Grete Metlid also confirmed this, saying that only cooperation will determine whether Linden will be brought to Norway for trial.
Sources have told Norwegian news outlet TV 2 that Oslo police have also sent officers to France to attend the case’s first hearings to take note Lindén’s plea concerning the gruesome killing.
A police source told the outlet:
“We want to hear what he has to say to the trial. We do not want to go out with more details or information about the investigation so far.”
Justice system criticized
Linden, formerly Christian Bo Linden, had been in prison for over a year for burglary and robbery and was released in August this year having served two-thirds of his jail term.
However, his release has been criticized in Norway. Many, including Norway’a former Justice Minister believe he should have been in prison still.
According to prison documents, Lindén displayed erratic behavior and was problematic, often using threats and once spat in another inmate’s food.
Per-Willy Amundsen said that releasing the suspect was a show of “poor judgment” and naivety on the side of Swedish justice system. He told TV 2:
“In Norway, he would hardly have been released.”
Documents show that Linden had five criminal charges against him in Sweden.
On October 15th, Linden is believed to have entered Paltto’s unit with the intention of robbing. He might have thought the room was unoccupied at the time, but then Paltto showed up and a fight ensued. He allegedly stabbed the deceased 20 times, killing him.
Media reports suggest that Linden had contacted his parole supervisor the day before the murder, who wanted to know why he had failed to show up for supervisory meetings. He allegedly claimed that he had left for Germany although police say that he was in Oslo at the time.
The 20-year-old has been struggling to stay on the right side of law since his first prison stint at 15. Youth support staff in Sweden say that Linden struggled with drug addiction and had an “anti-social history.”