Newly freed policeman denies corruption claims

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Eirik Jensen, the high-profile Oslo policeman charged with corruption, continues to maintain his innocence and his confidence that he’ll be acquitted. Jensen was finally released from custody this week, more than four months after his arrest.

Jensen gave his first interview to TV2 on Thursday, after suddenly being freed last Friday. “I think this will go well,” Jensen told TV2. “I actually haven’t been convicted, and I don’t think I will be. I’m an optimist and I will keep fighting.”

Jensen is suspected of serious corruption in connection with a large narcotics case now under investigation. Jensen claims that if all the claims made against him were true, he would have been a multi-millionaire.

“I have said from day one that this is a story the media have blown up,” Jensen told TV2. “And it’s not true.”

Jensen said he has plausible explanations as to why he had tens of thousands of kroner in cash hidden at his home, which police found while ransacking his property. Prosecutors believe Jensen, with his access to internal police information, helped a 47-year-old man bring 20 tons of hash into Norway over a period of many years, and was paid well for his efforts.

Jensen denies the charges, saying he’d always kept a lot of cash at home, and that much of stemmed from his sale and purchase of cars and motorcycles. His trial is expected to begin later this year or next.

newsinenglish.no staff