As the numbers of asylum seekers in Norway decline, one case involving a former American diplomat has presented special challenges for Norwegian authorities, and for all the other passengers on an SAS flight that was supposed to fly her back to the US just before Christmas.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Friday on the latest developments in the unusual asylum case. The woman fled from the US to Norway via Canada and applied for asylum, claiming she was threatened in her homeland after a hostile child custody case against a US intelligence officer. “Here in Norway, women and children have rights in the law, which is not the case in the USA,” she told NRK.
Her case was further complicated after she claimed she’d been the victim of a cyber attack on all her electronic devices. She was moved to an asylum center in Northern Norway but Norwegian authorities ultimately rejected her asylum application and held her in custody pending deportation back to the US.
She was so opposed to being forcibly returned to her homeland that she disrupted the SAS flight that was supposed to transport her out of Norway on December 21. SAS officials said she created so much unrest and fear among other passengers on the flight that its pilot chose to remove her from the flight.
Immigration officials told NRK that she now faces a new deportation by January 18. She filed a legal appeal which an appeals court rejected and Norway’s supreme court refused to hear. She’s being held in custody until the new deportation is carried out. The US Embassy in Oslo told NRK that it was aware of the case and offered visitation services to the woman in custody, but had no further comment.