Lunder cleared of corruption charges

Norway’s economic crimes unit Økokrim announced Wednesday that it was dropping corruption charges against Jo Lunder, the country’s former so-called “wonderboy” of the business world. It concluded there was a lack of evidence after what has been a major international investigation that involved Norwegian company Telenor’s mobile phone interests in Uzbekistan. Lunder was one of […]

Ex-Kongsberg boss appeals jail term

A former sales director at state-owned Kongsberg Gruppen was sentenced on Wednesday to four-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted on charges of tax evasion, money laundering and misappropriation of funds amounting to more than NOK 50 million. Dag Tore Sekkelsten, who was responsible for Kongsberg’s sales to Romania, filed an immediate appeal. “Sekkelsten is […]

‘Hash baron’ appeals his prison term

Gjermund Cappelen, Norway’s so-called former “hash baron” who was sentenced to prison last week along with a former Oslo police officer, has decided to appeal his 15-year prison term. His defense attorney claims they both feel the sentence is too long and too strict. Cappelen was sentenced along with the former “top cop” Eirik Jensen, […]

Experts justify Jensen’s jail term

Norway’s longest prison term of 21 years is rarely handed out and even convicted murderers have been known to avoid it. Questions have thus arisen over how it could apply to police officer Eirik Jensen, convicted of accepting bribes amounting to less than USD 100,000 and protecting a hash smuggler, but legal experts claim important […]

Police pressured to probe corruption

UPDATED: Oslo Police Chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold has admitted there were “several indications” that Eirik Jensen, one of the police force’s most trusted and high-profile officers, didn’t follow instructions for dealing with informants. Jensen now faces 21 years in prison after being convicted of corruption, and the soul-searching among his colleagues and superiors is well underway: […]

‘Hash baron,’ cop guilty as charged

The largest police scandal in Norway since World War II  reached a dramatic climax on Monday when the Oslo City Court handed down the country’s  toughest punishment, 21 years in prison, to veteran police officer Eirik Jensen. The so-called “hash baron” whom Jensen was convicted of protecting and abetting for years, Gjermund Cappelen, was sentenced to a shorter jail term of 15 […]

Trial starts over corruption at Kongsberg

More than three years after raiding state-owned Kongsberg Gruppen, prosecutors launched their case this week against a former sales executive at the company that delivers technological services to the oil and gas, defense, maritime and space industries. The executive who was responsible for Kongsberg’s sales in Eastern Europe was indicted last year on charges of money laundering, tax evasion and misappropriation of […]

Corruption concerns rise in local communities

Bribery charges tied to a series of construction projects in the city of Drammen have boosted fears that corruption in local communities is more widespread than believed. The charges in Drammen resulted this week in the third conviction so far. Th corruption scandal that has rocked Drammen, west of Oslo, continues to grow. Three people have […]

Prosecutor drops ministry probe

UPDATED: Norway’s state prosecutor (Statsadvokaten) was raising questions Friday about how the country’s foreign ministry (Utenriksdepartementet, UD) has handled a conflict of interest case involving the former Norwegian ambassador to Indonesia. Prosecutor Jørn Maurud decided to drop further inquiry, concluding that nothing criminal had occurred. Newspaper VG has been writing detailed and documented stories all week […]

Ministry questioned over errant envoy

Norway’s former ambassador to Indonesia was stripped of his title late last year and recalled to Oslo, after failing to declare a potential conflict of interest tied to funding for an organization run by a woman with whom he was romantically involved. He still works as a diplomat in the foreign ministry, which faces questions […]