Mass arrests in criminal network

UPDATED: Police in Oslo announced Tuesday that they had arrested around 90 people over the past three months, in connection with an investigation into a widespread criminal network. The network allegedly recruited young people by force, to sell narcotics. Police reported that they had discovered a hash depot in a forested area at Søndre Nordstrand […]

Masked taggers set off alarms

Passengers on board one of Oslo’s new metro trains were frightened last week when nine masked men managed to halt a train at an east-side station and vandalize it with spray paint. Newspaper VG reported that the metro (T-bane) had stopped at Oslo’s Bogerud station and was ready to move on when the nine masked […]

Police seize farmer’s Porsche

Police officers from Norway’s economic crimes unit Økokrim have made a string of seizures on the property of a farmer charged in a major fraud case that involves Norway’s largest cooperative for fruit and vegetable growers. Among items seized from the farm, according to newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), was a Porsche Cayenne. Investigators also suspect the farmer bought […]

Two sentenced for 15-year-old murder

Two men have have finally been handed jail terms for a murder in Oslo that occurred nearly 15 years ago. One was sentenced to 10-and-a-half years in prison, while his accomplice will be jailed for three years. Both were found guilty of killing young Egil Tostrup Bråten in a botched robbery attempt in 2002. Bråten […]

Teen murderer held in special custody

A 16-year-old Norwegian boy who was just 15 when he stabbed a classmate and woman who intervened to death in Kristiansand last year was ordered held in Norway’s special and strongest form of custody on Thursday. The families of his two victims were relieved. Both had complained that a 10-year jail term requested by a state […]

Police question ‘Troll Cock’ suspect

Police in the Norwegian coastal town of Egersund have a suspect in the vandalism of a local rock formation that resembled an erect penis. The rock known as Trollpikken (The Troll Cock) is likely to be re-erected after a spurt of international publicity that climaxed with a surge of donations to finance repairs. Three days after Trollpikken […]

Norway included in new cyber attack

At least one Norwegian company was among those under cyber attack on Tuesday, along with targets in Europe and the US, by online villains who have encrypted computer files and demanded ransom to decrypt them. National agencies, large shipping companies and banks were among the targets. “We see a spread of the ransomware virus, which spread […]

Group to re-erect ‘Trollpikken’

An appalled but enthusiastic group of activists is determined that their local landmark, a stone formation called “Trollpikken” that resembled an erect penis, will rise again. Police are searching, meanwhile, for whoever literally cut it off over the weekend, with the culprits facing six years in prison for environmental vandalism if caught. Reaction has been swift after a […]

Corruption concerns rise in local communities

Bribery charges tied to a series of construction projects in the city of Drammen have boosted fears that corruption in local communities is more widespread than believed. The charges in Drammen resulted this week in the third conviction so far. Th corruption scandal that has rocked Drammen, west of Oslo, continues to grow. Three people have […]

Man gets maximum sentence for killing wife and her son

A 59-year-old man in Kirkenes, Northern Norway was sentenced Thursday to 21 years in prison, the country’s maximum term, for shooting his wife and her young son at close range where they had been sleeping. He appealed the conviction on the spot. The court ruled that the 12-year-old boy from Thailand was shot first in front […]