‘Jannik’ appeals conviction for threatening Røkke

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Jan Erik “Jannik” Iversen, a 62-year-old Norwegian man charged with trying to extort money from wealthy industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke, quickly appealed his conviction handed down on Friday. Iversen was sentenced to 20 months in prison for threatening Røkke and trying to extort NOK 20 million over a 14-month period.

“I’m not disappointed by the conviction, it was as expected,” Iversen told news bureau NTB. “It will be appealed.”

The sentence was two months shorter than that sought by prosecutors. The court nonetheless ruled in the complicated case that Iversen had subjected Røkke to “extremely uncomfortable and frightening” situations, and that Røkke felt compelled to hire in more private security for himself, his family and his large industrial empire under the Aker concern.

Now Iversen, known as “Jannik,” claims more allegedly incriminating information about Røkke and his business operations will emerge during the appeals trial than in the county court trial. Røkke reportedly had expected Iversen would be convicted.

“Røkke believes there’s been enough circus and incorrect claims against him now,” Røkke’s high-profile attorney John Christian Elden told Nettavisen.

newsinenglish.no staff