Orderuds seek reopening of triple murder probe

Per and Veronica Orderud, convicted in 2002 in connection with the triple murder of Per Orderud’s parents and sister at the family farm northeast of Oslo, formally filed Friday for a re-opening of the case. They still insist they’re not guilty, after spending nearly 16 years in prison. Both were sentenced to Norway’s longest prison […]

Mass murderer’s appeal rejected

The European Court of Human Rights won’t hear an appeal by Norwegian right-wing extremist and convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik. The court in Strasbourg branded Breivik’s complaint that his prison conditions in Norway were inhumane as being “manifestly ill-founded.” Breivik, who has changed his name to Fjotolf Hansen, had appealed to the court in […]

Telenor hit with enormous fine

Norway’s top state competition regulator slapped leading telecoms firm Telenor, which remains majority-owned by the Norwegian state, with a fine of NOK 788 million (USD 97 million) on Thursday. The authorities claim Telenor abused its market power by preventing competitors from establishing a third mobile phone network in Norway. Telenor disagrees and is expected to […]

Oil minister avoids new rape probe

A state prosecutor has decided not to re-open an investigation of 18-year-old rape charges against Norwegian Oil Minister Terje Søviknes of the conservative Progress Party. Søviknes was thus spared the glare of a rape case, while the girl who was just 16 at the time claims she has been denied justice. The awkward case ended […]

Justice minister wants to re-arm police

UPDATED: Norway’s new justice minister, Tor Mikkel Wara of the Progress Party, is seeking permanent permission from Parliament to allow some police officers to be armed while on patrol in Oslo. He made the re-arming request to Parliament Thursday night, after a meeting with police during the day. The hastily called session was announced by […]

Police arrest suspected serial rapist

A 37-year-old man was in police custody in Oslo Tuesday, charged with several attempted rapes and violent assaults on women, all of them in their 20s. Police claim the man followed the women home and attacked as they unlocked the doors of their homes. Investigators worked in all secrecy since late last year to track […]

Ex-‘wonderboy’ files huge claim

Jo Lunder, once one of Norway’s most successful young executives, is now demanding compensation from the Norwegian state after the country’s white-collar crime unit Økokrim dropped a corruption case against him. Lunder claims his career and reputation have been ruined, and he wants NOK 529 million (USD 66 million) to cover his losses. Lunder’s claim […]

Youth crime wave sparks response

Norway’s capital has been the scene of several alarming incidents of violent crimes this spring, carried out by teenagers as young as 14. The crime wave, which can involve gangs, is cresting even before the summer holidays set in, putting police and politicians on the defense. City government officials declared last week that they’ve earmarked […]

‘Wanderer’ found dead near cabin

A Norwegian man known for wandering from cabin to cabin in popular holiday areas, breaking into them and often vandalizing them as well, was found dead near an apparent target west of Gjøvik. Police couldn’t immediately determine his cause of death. “I can confirm that it was Terje Larsen who was found dead near a […]

Mother sentenced in daughter’s starvation

The mother of an emaciated 13-year-old girl who died while in her mother’s care at a cabin in Valdres was sentenced on Tuesday to three years in prison.  The judge in the case declared that the young teenager would be alive today if she had received needed health care. Aasmund Olav Sandland, defense attorney for […]