Police struggle with murder-kidnapping case

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Crime experts think police in Lørenskog northeast of Oslo are struggling with their investigation into the disappearance of Anne-Elisabeth Hagen, wife of billionaire Tom Hagen in October 2018. He was charged, arrested and held in custody for 10 days but has since been released, as has a 32-year-old man arrested late last week.

Norway’s Supreme Court backed an appeals court decision that the police evidence against Tom Hagen wasn’t strong enough to warrant holiding him in custody while the investigation continued. He remains charged but was released from custody Friday evening.

The 32-year-old was held until Saturday but police later dropped murder charges against him and he was released as well. He remains charged, but now with contributing to having placed exaggerated restrictions on the freedom of Anne-Elisabeth Hagen.

State broadcaster NRK later reported that Tom Hagen and the 32-year-old, who’s described as highly proficient in technical and cryptocurrencies, had met at least 10 times prior to the disappearance of Hagen’s wife. Hagen is charged not only with her murder but also with trying to make it look like a kidnapping that involved ransom demands in cryptocurrency over complicated digital platforms. Tom Hagen, age 70, has denied all the charges against him.

newsinenglish.no staff