Man indicted for threatening politician

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A man in his 60s from Sør-Helgeland must defend himself in court later this month, after being indicted for threatening and hateful remarks directed against the Labour Party’s deputy leader and Member of Parliament Hadia Tajik.

Newspaper Brønnøysunds Avis reported that the man reacted to comments made by Tajik that had expressed openness to proposals to make Norway a republic instead of a constitutional monarchy. He reportedly expressed hatred in comments of his own published on state broadcaster NRK’s website and wrote on social media that he wanted to see Tajik shot.

The man also offered a reward of NOK 50 to anyone who could cut off and deliver her “pig ears,” adding that he would “make Muslim soup out of them.”

He faces a fine or prison for up to three years. His defense attorney Walle Jensen declined comment, saying that his client would speak for himself in court.

Tajik also declined comment on the case, but has said earlier that she tries to rise above hateful comments. She did not file the charges against the man herself. “After we received a tip about the case, local police launched an investigation,” said prosecutor Olav Rynning Veum, adding that its results led to the indictment.

newsinenglish.no staff

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