Ex-Yara executive wins compensation

Tor Holba, the former executive acquitted of fraud at Norwegian fertilizer and chemical company Yara, has won NOK 35 million (USD 4.1 million) in compensation from the state. It’s the largest amount of compensation ever paid out following an acquittal, reports website Rett24.no. Holba was charged along with three other Yara executives with corruption linked […]

Supreme court rejected cop’s appeal

Norway’s highest court (Høyesterett) has rejected an appeal from former Oslo Police inspector Eirik Jensen. That clears the way for a new trial back at the appeals court level, after appeals court judges had refused to accept a jury’s decision that acquitted Jensen of smuggling hash but convicted him of corruption. Jensen’s defense attorney had […]

‘Carton comrades’ sentenced to jail

Two former executives at Norway’s dominant dairy Tine and the TetraPak carton producer have been convicted for exchanging confidential information and engaging in bribery. A local court has now sentenced them both to a year in prison for corruption. Both men were trusted employees, but after newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) first wrote about the wining, […]

Convicted cop’s appeals trial begins

Oslo’s largest courtroom was filling up once again on Tuesday, when Oslo police veteran Eirik Jensen launched his appeal of last year’s conviction on corruption and hash-smuggling charges. The appeals trial is due to proceed over the next five months. Jensen arrived at the courthouse just before proceedings began to select a 12-person jury to […]

Council of Europe dumps former MP

Karin Woldseth, a former Member of Parliament for Norway’s Progress Party, has been stripped of her title as an honorary member of the Council of Europe’s parliamentary group and banned from entering the Council’s building in Strasbourg. The punitive action came after an independent investigation determined that she violated the Council of Europe’s ethical guidelines […]

Ex-‘wonderboy’ files huge claim

Jo Lunder, once one of Norway’s most successful young executives, is now demanding compensation from the Norwegian state after the country’s white-collar crime unit Økokrim dropped a corruption case against him. Lunder claims his career and reputation have been ruined, and he wants NOK 529 million (USD 66 million) to cover his losses. Lunder’s claim […]

Corrupt farmer jailed, co-op criticized

A farmer from Hedmark County has been convicted of swindling the agricultural cooperative of which he was a member, Gartnerhallen, for NOK 45.6 million. He was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay back the money, much of which he spent on luxury automobiles. The co-op, meanwhile, has been criticized for lacking […]

Bribery indictments hit Tine, Tetra Pak

A long-time purchasing director for Norway’s dominant dairy cooperative, Tine, has been indicted on charges he knowingly accepted bribes and then tried to hide it from the rest of Tine’s management. He now must defend himself against charges of aggravated corruption. An official of the packaging firm Tetra Pak Norge, which supplies drink cartons to […]

Farmer and co-op accomplice indicted

A farmer in Hedmark County and an accountant for the farmers’ cooperative Gartnerhallen have been indicted for embezzling nearly NOK 50 million from the co-op over a 10-year period. Now they both face six years in prison. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) had first reported on the embezzlement last summer, when the accounting employee of what […]

Cleared executive claims compensation

Jo Lunder, the former CEO of VimpelCom who was cleared of charges tied to the massive corruption scandal at the company, is now demanding more than NOK 30 million in compensation from the state. Lunder feels the state should reimburse him for lost salary and bonus during the two-year investigation against him. Lunder also claims […]