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Lawyer loses license over alleged Breivik leaks

Norwegian lawyer Sigurd Klomsæt says he’s “shocked and incredulous” that he’s lost his right to practice law in Norway, after allegedly leaking documents about the state’s case against confessed terrorist Anders Behring Breivik to the media.

Klomsæt has claimed innocence all along, and can prove he was out of town when some of the documents in question wound up in the media shortly after they were released to lawyers in the Breivik case. Klomsæt was, at the time, hired to serve as one of many attorneys representing victims and families of victims killed by Breivik in his bombing and shooting spree on July 22, 2011.

It was Norway’s national lawyers’ association itself that revoked Klomsæt’s certification to serve as a lawyer in Norway, on the grounds he’d leaked documents distributed to attorneys in confidence. Klomsæt believes he’s being punished for being critical of how the Breivik case was being handled.

He told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that he thinks “it was important to get me off the case. I was a strong critic last fall and now the July 22 Commission (appointed to probe the state’s response to the attacks) has shown there was reason for my criticism. I was told I was too negative.”

Klomsæt, who was removed as an attorney in the terror case last spring, told NRK he now intends to mount a legal challenge to restore his lawyer’s certification.

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