The news story below is a reminder that “cultural enrichment” is not restricted solely to the glorious infusion of Islamic culture into the West. It includes any and all immigration to our nations from far-flung countries with their rich, diverse tapestry of unique cultural practices.
This particular case involves a Chilean immigrant to Norway who became a bit rowdy on a tram using a sharp-edged instrument. His request reminds me of the classic definition of chutzpah: “Someone who kills his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan.”
This guy stabbed three ticket inspectors on a tram in Oslo earlier this year, and now wants to be released from jail so that he can apply for political asylum — because he’s likely to face “persecution” if he is deported to Chile after doing time in Norway.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Many thanks to our Norwegian correspondent The Observer for translating this article from Aftenposten:
Stabbed three ticket inspectors, demands to be released so he can apply for political asylum
The 38-year-old stabbed three ticket inspectors on a tram in Oslo. Now he wants to be released so that he can apply for political asylum.
He attacked the inspectors with a knife when he was caught without a valid ticket on January 5 this year at Solli Plass in Oslo. The man now believes that an asylum center is a more appropriate location than a prison cell.
The Chilean national claims that he faces potential persecution by the authorities in his native country if he is deported after serving his sentence.
The three ticket inspectors sustained minor stab injuries to their thighs.
Oslo City Court believes that a voluntary stay at an asylum center would increase the chances of the 38-year-old fleeing the country.
The case is scheduled to be heard on June 20. Justice Torbjørn Breistrand writes in a memo that the Chilean has to be mentally prepared for a lengthy prison sentence.
The man has acknowledged that he was the one who used the knife on the inspectors.
He was eventually wrestled to the ground by other inspectors in the area and members of the public. The man’s friend managed to escape, but turned himself in to the police that same evening.
For a complete listing of previous enrichment news, see The Cultural Enrichment Archives.