Yara case set off Libyan probe

This was the fertilizer plant in which Yara invested at Marsa El Brega in Libya, around 700 kilometers east of Tripoli. The plant was formally launched in 2009. Just two years later, NATO launched its bombing raids on Libya, in which Norway part. Dictator Moammar Gadhafi's regime was toppled but Libya sunk into chaos. Yara, which itself is 36 percent owned by the Norwegian state, had to close the plant in January 2014 in the face of terrorist attacks. PHOTO: Yara

Norway’s biggest corruption investigation ever, into alleged bribes paid by former top executives of Oslo-based fertilizer giant Yara International, has also set off a much larger international probe to hunt down money from the regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Oslo newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reports that it all started in 2012 with an inquiry from a police investigator […]

More politicians question Norway’s Libya involvement

Leaders of the small parties represented in Parliament are increasingly questioning whether it was right for Norway to take such an active role in NATO’s military attacks on Libya in 2011. Two of the parties even sat in Norway’s Labour-led government at the time, but with Libya now in chaos, they’re grappling with regrets. The […]

Stoltenberg defends NATO’s bombing of Libya

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, now the secretary general of NATO, fended off criticism that NATO’s bombing of Libya in 2011 led to the country’s descent into chaos. Norway played a major role in the raids that ultimately led to demise of the Gadhafi regime in Libya. “There are many reasons why Libya collapsed, but […]

Norway negotiated while bombing Libya

Jonas Gahr Støre led Libyan negotiations even after Norway started taking part in the bombing of Libya in 2011. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

Jonas Gahr Støre, the new leader of Norway’s Labour Party, conducted secret negotiations with the Gadhafi regime in Libya at the same time that Norway was taking part, even leading, bombing raids over Libya organized by NATO. Støre, who was foreign minister in Jens Stoltenberg’s Labour-led government at the time, has confirmed the talks, which […]

Libyan group blockades Yara factory

Norwegian fertilizer company Yara shut down production and sent staff from its Marsa al Brega factory out of Libya this week, after a local militia group laid siege to the site. Yara said no one was hurt, but the decision was taken to send workers home for safety reasons. The militia group demanded payment for […]

Norway may compensate civilian casualties in Libya

Norwegian fighter jets were among the most active during last year’s NATO strike on Libya, and NATO is under rising pressure to recognize and offer compensation for civilian casualties. Norway may go along with any demands posed by Libyan authorities. “There’s no obligation to pay compensation and there are good reasons for that,” Defense Minister […]

Probe demanded of Libya bombings

Norwegian fighter jets

Jan Egeland, the former Norwegian diplomat who now heads Human Rights Watch in Europe, is calling for an investigation into Norway’s and NATO’s bombing of Libya last year. Egeland fears the bombing killed too many of the civilians that the UN-backed mission was supposed to protect. Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the weekend that at least […]

Statoil holds off on Libya reopening

Norwegian oil company Statoil won’t say when it plans to re-open its office in Tripoli but company officials confirm they’re watching developments in Libya carefully, not least since the country officially declared its liberation from 42 years of dictatorial rule under Moammar Gadhafi. “We’re following the developments in Libya very closely, with the thought of […]

Norway promises support for Libya

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has promised support for Libya’s transition to a “united and democratic” country following the death of former Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday. The support, however, won’t be without conditions. “We expect (Libya’s) National Transitional Council to respect international law and humanitarian law in its further efforts to ensure […]

Norway backs Libya amidst scolding

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg with one of the jets used to bomb Libya last spring. Stoltenberg's government supports the new transitional authority emerging in Libya. PHOTO: Forsvaret

The Norwegian government, led by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, has officially recognized the new National Transition Council (NTC) in Libya as the country’s legitimate governing authority and a Libyan adviser said Norwegian companies could keep operating, but only after criticizing them as “useful idiots” for the country’s missing dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr […]