Government tries to toughen jail terms

Norway’s conservative government coalition hopes to raise the maximum jail terms judges can hand out in cases of violent and sexual crime. It had to give up efforts, however, to boost Norway’s maximum sentence to 30 and 40 years. Justice Minister Per-Willy Amundsen of the Progress Party had to admit that the government’s proposal met strong opposition during […]

Court backs revocation of 17-year resident’s citizenship

The Oslo City Court (Oslo Tingrett) sided on Monday with state immigration authorities who claim that a bioengineer at Oslo University Hospital Ullevål lied about his origins when he came to Norway as a teenager 17 years ago. The court agreed that Mahad Adib Mahamud should be stripped of his Norwegian citizenship and deported to Djibouti, which […]

Court dumps Breivik’s prison complaint

UPDATED: Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is not being subjected to prison conditions that violate his human rights, according to an appeals court decision handed down on Wednesday. Breivik lost on all counts but his attorney is already vowing to appeal. The decision from Norway’s Borgarting lagmannsrett cleared Norwegian state authorities of any violations of […]

Corruption case inspires books, film

As Norway’s biggest narcotics and police corruption case ever entered its seventh week on Monday, not everyone in the courtroom is involved or mere spectators. The so-called “Jensen-Cappelen case” has inspired book publishers, filmmakers and TV production companies to try turning the drama into some form of entertainment. “This is a very exciting case with exciting […]

Mass-murderer’s appeals cost millions

As the latest rounds in court instigated by mass-murderer Anders Behring Breiving wound down last month, the bills he’s created for Norwegian taxpayers keep going up. Not only did Breivik’s white-supremacist attacks cost the lives of 77 mostly young people on July 22, 2011, the ultra-right-wing Norwegian terrorist is continuing to unleash other major costs on the […]

Norway to drop jury system on appeal

A majority in Parliament asked the government in 2015 to replace its appeals court jury system with a combination of professional and lay judges. Now the historic reform has taken shape, reports newspaper Aftenposten. Instead of having a 10-member jury decide on guilt or innocence in Norway’s most serious criminal cases, they’ll now be heard […]

Police can’t win corruption case

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s landmark and lengthy police corruption case entered its second week behind closed doors on Monday, as testimony turned to names and details that, if made public, can make life dangerous for many involved. It’s one man’s word against another’s, as a veteran police officer fights for his career and reputation, while his already-convicted […]

Mass-murderer Breivik back in court

The young right-wing Norwegian extremist who killed 77 people on July 22, 2011 was due to be back in a make-shift courtroom at his high-security prison in Skien on Tuesday. Mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik still contends that the strict terms of his imprisonment violate his human rights. Breivik’s mental health will be a central part of the […]

Trial begins into police corruption

One of Norway’s most sensational court cases ever got underway in Oslo on Monday. Eirik Jensen, former chief of special operations for the Oslo Police District, will be defending himself against corruption and serious drug charges levied by an admitted hash dealer and co-defendant. More than 150 people, including other top police officials, have been called […]

Government wants to lengthen jail terms

Nothing like going out with a bang: Outgoing Justice Minister Anders Anundsen announced plans on Monday to nearly double Norway’s maximum prison term for multiple offenders. He also proposes scrapping or reducing so-called “prison rebates” for convicts in criminal cases. Anundsen, who’s widely expected to resign from government service on Tuesday as part of a ministerial […]