Supreme Court rejects former politician’s appeal

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Norway’s Supreme Court won’t be hearing an appeal filed by Svein Ludvigsen, the retired top politician for the Conservative Party who was convicted for misusing his position to obtain sexual favours from three young male asylum seekers. 

Ludvigsen, a former Member of Parliament, fisheries minister and county governor in Troms, was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of abuse of power. He was found guilty on all four points in the indictment against him. Most serious, and the cause of the relatively long prison term, was the abuse of his position as county governor in leading the vulnerable refugees to believe that he could help them obtain permanent residence and working permission, if they had sex with him.

Now Ludvigsen can only appeal the length of his sentence in one of the cases involving an asylum seeker who also was slightly mentally disabled.

Ludvigsen continues to deny any guilt. The courts not only have found the testimony of the three young men, none of whom knew one another, to be credible but also determined that the Muslim men would not have made up stories of homosexual contact with a much older man because it would have stigmatized them and had negative consequences.

newsinenglish.no staff