A Progress Party politician charged with raping a woman after the annual meeting of the party’s Rogaland chapter earlier this month has been released from police custody. He has formally denied any criminal guilt and it’s now up to a prosecutor whether he’ll be indicted.
The politician, whose identity has not been made public, underwent seven hours of police questioning just before last weekend. His defense attorney Jørgen Riple told newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad that his client acknowledges he had sexual intercourse with the woman who filed charges against him. He claimed, however, that it was “voluntary from both sides”
She claims he raped her after a late-night party (called a nachspiel in Norwegian) that followed the political meeting in Haugesund. Riple said his client didn’t want him to reveal any details about the party or whether it involved a lot of heavy drinking.
Riple expected both involved would face more questioning and analysis of their mobile phones as police continued their investigation. It’s the latest in a series of incidents involving Norwegian politicians who get into trouble.