Woman held on terror charges

A woman from Somalia who arrived in Norway in 2013 has been held in police custody since December, charged with attempts to take part in the terrorist group IS. She was arrested in Italy, believed to have been on her way to join IS warriors in the Middle East. Newspaper Aftenposten reports that she allegedly […]

Farmer appeals corruption verdict

A farmer from Hedmark who was convicted of swindling his own cooperative, Gartnerhallen, for nearly NOK 46 million has filed an appeal. He claims he’s innocent. The Oslo City Court claimed otherwise, sentencing him to five years in prison and ordering him to repay the money. The jail term was almost exactly what prosecutors demanded […]

Customs agents score huge drug bust

A large truck from the Netherlands that was stopped in a routine border control was found to be carrying narcotics valued at around NOK 100 million (USD 13 million). It’s the biggest single drug seizure in Norway ever. The semi-trailer was otherwise carrying 32 crates of the plastic clogs known as Crocs. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) […]

Corrupt farmer jailed, co-op criticized

A farmer from Hedmark County has been convicted of swindling the agricultural cooperative of which he was a member, Gartnerhallen, for NOK 45.6 million. He was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay back the money, much of which he spent on luxury automobiles. The co-op, meanwhile, has been criticized for lacking […]

Norwegian arrested in Colombia

A Norwegian man who served prison time in Norway on narcotics charges before moving to South America has been arrested along with 12 others in Colombia, suspected of being part of a major cocaine-smuggling league. The young man, who has not been identified in line with Norwegian press guidelines, has been charged as one of […]

Martine’s family still seeking justice

It’s been 10 years since Martine Vik Magnussen, a 23-year-old student from an affluent Norwegian family, was found raped and murdered in London. The only suspect, her classmate Farouk Abdulhak with whom she’d been seen leaving a London nightclub, fled the UK before police could arrest him. Now both her family and Scotland Yard are appealing […]

Five arrested after Oslo shootings

Oslo Police have arrested five men in connection with two shootings in the capital late Sunday night and early Monday morning. All are believed to have ties to one of the city’s gangs called B-gjengen. Police had already reported that they believed the shootings were “part of a clash in a criminal milieu,” according to […]

Ex-Congo prisoner tells a new story

UPDATED: Joshua French, the British-Norwegian who was held on murder charges in Congo until his state-negotiated release last year, now claims he and his late business partner Tjostolv Moland were “agents” on assignment in Congo when they were arrested in 2009. They were charged with murdering their taxi driver, but French claims the driver was […]

Telescopes stolen from observatory

Thieves set their sights on Norway’s venerable Solobservatoriet north of Oslo this week, stealing several large and heavy telescopes worth around NOK 100,000. The old but popular observatory is accessible only via lengthy forest roads, making the thieves’ getaway risky but apparently successful. The culprits broke into the observatory, located in the hills of Hadeland […]

Bribery indictments hit Tine, Tetra Pak

A long-time purchasing director for Norway’s dominant dairy cooperative, Tine, has been indicted on charges he knowingly accepted bribes and then tried to hide it from the rest of Tine’s management. He now must defend himself against charges of aggravated corruption. An official of the packaging firm Tetra Pak Norge, which supplies drink cartons to […]