‘Hash baron’ appeals his prison term

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Gjermund Cappelen, Norway’s so-called former “hash baron” who was sentenced to prison last week along with a former Oslo police officer, has decided to appeal his 15-year prison term. His defense attorney claims they both feel the sentence is too long and too strict.

Cappelen was sentenced along with the former “top cop” Eirik Jensen, who received Norway’s longest and toughest prison term of 21 years for not only aiding and abetting Cappelen’s hash smuggling but also betraying the integrity of the police as a public servant. Cappelen was granted a so-called “rebate” on his sentence in return for cooperating with police and blowing the whistle on Jensen.

He’s now demanding a sentence of just 11 years. Jensen is also expected to appeal his prison term, and faces a filing deadline early next week.

newsinenglish.no staff