Krekar fights extradition

After nearly 30 years of lashing out at Norwegian society and espousing conservative Islam, Norway’s most unwelcome refugee keeps fighting to remain in Norway. Mulla Krekar was back in court this week, as he keeps resisting extradition to Italy where he’s been convicted and sentenced to 12 years in jail for planning terrorist acts. Now […]

Trump ‘astonishes’ prime minister

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has joined fellow European leaders in expressing astonishment that US President Donald Trump would cross the line between the executive and judicial branches of government. She was reacting to Trump’s criticism that Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven refused to intervene in the arrest in Stockholm of an American rapper charged with […]

New DNB boss defends court appeal

Kjerstin Braathen, the new chief executive of Norway’s biggest bank DNB, has spoken warmly of how important customers are. She’s prepared, however, to meet representatives for thousands of them in court after the bank decided to appeal its loss in the country’s biggest class-action suit ever. “It’s never nice to meet our customers in court,” […]

Customers win their claim against DNB

It’s been the biggest class action lawsuit ever filed in Norway, and it was against Norway’s biggest bank, DNB. Now around 180,000 DNB customers have won their claim that the bank charged fees that were far too high, and their victory was being hailed Thursday as a victory for all consumers in Norway and even […]

High court upholds Islamist’s jail term

Norway’s highest court (Høyesterett) has sentenced Islamic extremist Ubaydullah Hussain to nine years in prison for taking part in the brutal terrorist organization IS. That upholds both an appeals- and city court’s sentence and formally puts his conviction into force. “This marks the final outcome of the case,” Hussain’s lead defense attorney, John Christian Elden, […]

‘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: […]

Government tries to toughen jail terms

Norway’s conservative government coalition hopes to raise the maximum jail terms judges can hand out in cases of violent and sexual crime. It had to give up efforts, however, to boost Norway’s maximum sentence to 30 and 40 years. Justice Minister Per-Willy Amundsen of the Progress Party had to admit that the government’s proposal met strong opposition during […]

Court backs revocation of 17-year resident’s citizenship

The Oslo City Court (Oslo Tingrett) sided on Monday with state immigration authorities who claim that a bioengineer at Oslo University Hospital Ullevål lied about his origins when he came to Norway as a teenager 17 years ago. The court agreed that Mahad Adib Mahamud should be stripped of his Norwegian citizenship and deported to Djibouti, which […]