Translated into English from Norwegian using GoogleTranslate
A man with the same name living in Sweden is mistaken for the Oslo mass shooter and receives death threats.
THREATENED TO KILL
When the name of the terrorist accused became known, Zanyar was bombed. Suddenly, death threats came in on the 36-year-old’s phone.
Shortly after it became known that it is the 43-year-old father of small children, Zaniar Matapour, who is charged with terrorism after the murders in Oslo on Saturday night, the messages began to flow into the phone of a man in Gothenburg.
The man in Sweden’s second largest city did not understand anything, as the messages both on the phone and on messenger became increasingly ugly and gradually developed into death threats.
He then started searching around a bit and got to read about the mass shooting in Oslo. Only then did a light come to him as to why a number of Norwegians threatened his life.
– I and the accused have the same name. People have obviously looked him up and found me, says Zanyar Matapour (36) to TV 2.
The threats gradually became so numerous and serious that he had to report the case, and forwarded the threat messages to the police.
– I have now received thousands of death threats, says the 36-year-old.
Condemns the actions
He entered into a dialogue with some of those who wrote to him, and was told that he condemned the actions of his terror-accused namesake.
– I completely condemn this terrorist attack, nor do I know the person who is charged. Unfortunately, I only have the same name as him, says Matapour.
Matapour, who is originally from the same place as his namesake – the Kurdish part of Iran – says he sympathizes with everyone who was affected by the terror.
– I send my sincere condolences to the Norwegian LGBTQ community, says the 36-year-old.