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 […]

High court rules against dockers

Norway’s highest court (Høyesterett) has rejected claims by a powerful Norwegian dock workers’ union that they have exclusive rights to load and offload vessels. The landmark case breaks an alleged monopoly long held by Norway’s transport workers’ federation (NTF) and also rules that Norway’s agreement to abide by EU rules takes precedence over a constitutional clause. The dock workers who […]

PST: ‘Krekar can be extradited’

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST believes there’s nothing to prevent the extradition of Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar to Italy, where he’s been charged with leading a fundamentalist Islamic organization that’s allegedly been planning terrorist operations in Europe and the Middle East. His extradition hearing was getting underway on Thursday in a local Oslo court. Krekar, who […]

Rapist gets Norway’s toughest jail term

A former dancer who’s been convicted of raping 18 women and abusing his former live-in partner was sentenced on Wednesday to Norway’s toughest possible punishment: 21 years of special custody that can keep him confined for life. Any appeal will now have to be sought from the country’s Supreme Court. The 21-year sentence handed to convicted […]