Stoltenbergs delve into family’s loss

Nini Stoltenberg was the daughter of top Norwegian politicians and the sister of a prime minister, who now heads NATO, and a doctor who leads Norway’s health directorate. They’re still wondering, along with many others, how she could have become a heroin addict who died at an early age, so her father asked one of […]

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) […]

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 […]

‘Hash baron’ appeals his prison term

Gjermund Cappelen, Norway’s so-called former “hash baron” who was sentenced to prison last week along with a former Oslo police officer, has decided to appeal his 15-year prison term. His defense attorney claims they both feel the sentence is too long and too strict. Cappelen was sentenced along with the former “top cop” Eirik Jensen, […]

Experts justify Jensen’s jail term

Norway’s longest prison term of 21 years is rarely handed out and even convicted murderers have been known to avoid it. Questions have thus arisen over how it could apply to police officer Eirik Jensen, convicted of accepting bribes amounting to less than USD 100,000 and protecting a hash smuggler, but legal experts claim important […]

Police pressured to probe corruption

UPDATED: Oslo Police Chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold has admitted there were “several indications” that Eirik Jensen, one of the police force’s most trusted and high-profile officers, didn’t follow instructions for dealing with informants. Jensen now faces 21 years in prison after being convicted of corruption, and the soul-searching among his colleagues and superiors is well underway: […]

‘Hash baron,’ cop guilty as charged

The largest police scandal in Norway since World War II  reached a dramatic climax on Monday when the Oslo City Court handed down the country’s  toughest punishment, 21 years in prison, to veteran police officer Eirik Jensen. The so-called “hash baron” whom Jensen was convicted of protecting and abetting for years, Gjermund Cappelen, was sentenced to a shorter jail term of 15 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]