More car fires set in Oslo

Police in Oslo were searching for at least four people who were seen torching around seven vehicles in the Haugerud neighbourhood on the city’s east side during the night. Three other cars parked on Lutvannsveien, a street that’s around a half-hour’s walk away, were set on fire earlier in the night. “We see a connection […]

More charged with illegal partying

A man from the Kongsvinger area northeast of Oslo went straight to a party over the weekend after landing back in Norway after a trip abroad. That cost him NOK 20,000. Police are also investigating other alleged violations of new regulations aimed at halting the spread of the Corona virus. Johan Martin Wellhaven of the […]

Justice minister calls for more police

Norway’s new justice minister, Monica Mæland of the Conservative Party, has asked the state police to hire up to 400 extra police officers. She claims they’re needed to boost staffing during the Corona virus crisis and to enforce new quarantine rules. “More police are now in quarantine or out sick, at the same time that […]

PST probed after right-wing attack

Norway’s police intelligence agency PST, officially charged with evaluating and handling the most serious threats against national security, is now under investigation itself. At issue is how PST handled and failed to ward off last year’s deadly attack by another young Norwegian right-wing extremist. A key area under probe is how PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) responded […]

Judge questions severity of NAV scandal

A retired Norwegian Supreme Court justice has taken it upon himself to evaluate the grounds for a series of welfare fraud convictions deemed by state officials themselves to be wrongful. Judge Karl Arne Utgård doesn’t think they’re so scandalous after all. Utgård told legal news website Rett24 this week that he doesn’t think state welfare […]

Hostage team out of kidnapping case

The Norwegian state police unit that specializes in crisis and hostage situations (KGF, Krise- og gisselforhandlertjeneste) is no longer involved in the alleged kidnapping 15 months ago of the wife of a wealthy Norwegian businessman. There simply is no one for them to negotiate with any longer. Anne-Elisabeth Hagen disappeared from the longtime home she […]

Cruise captain accused of fraud, tax evasion

A Norwegian cruiseship captain has been indicted on charges of serious fraud and tax evasion, after collecting disability pay from Norway’s state pension fund over a period of eight years while also sailing from port to port as the captain on various cruiseships. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported on Thursday that an international warrant was […]

Former top politician heads for jail

Svein Ludvigsen, a 73-year-old former government minister and county governor in Troms, has withdrawn a last-ditch appeal of his conviction for abusing his power to obtain sexual favours from three young male asylum seekers. That means he’ll need to start serving a five-year jail term. “This is not an acknowledgement of guilt,” claimed his defense […]

Missing woman found dead in Sweden

The body of a Norwegian woman who disappeared in the southern Swedish city of Landskrona on Christmas Eve was found during the weekend, washed up on a nearby beach. An attorney for the family of 43-year-old Eirin Mikkelsen told state broadcaster NRK that they’d been “prepared for the worst.” Police, who had launched a major […]

Ex-justice minister’s partner indicted

Norway’s Director of Public Prosecution (Riksadvokaten) has indicted the long-time live-in partner of the Progress Party’s former justice minister, Tor Mikkel Wara, over what it calls an “attack on democracy.” She’s charged with staging a series of threatening events against their own home in Oslo, allegedly to make it look like they were under attack themselves. […]