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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Ex-politician cleared of fraud

Norway’s Supreme Court has acquitted a longtime Member of Parliament for the Center Party (Sp), Magnus Stangeland, of charges he knowingly received more pension income than that to which he was entitled. Stangeland and another policitican, Anders Talleraas of the Conservative Party, had earlier been sentenced to prison.

The two former MPs were among six who collectively received excessive pension payments valued at nearly NOK 6 million. The others, including former prime ministers Kjell Magne Bondevik and Gro Harlem Brundtland, repaid the excess amounts and were not prosecuted. Stangeland and Talleraas, however, were charged, also for violating regulations involving other income that would have offset pension payments.

Stangeland faced a 60-day prison term but appealed and won. That victory was appealed by prosecutors, but Norway’s highest court upheld Stangeland’s acquittal by the appeals court. He said he was “incredibly relieved” after four years of living under a legal cloud.

Talleraas also appealed his jail term of six months in prison, but it has been delayed pending a ruling from the high court.

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