Congo nightmare turned lucrative

Just after the October announcement that a heroic doctor in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo had won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, a former Norwegian-British soldier launched a lucrative tour around Norway to speak about his years in prison in Congo. Now a member of Norway’s Parliament thinks Joshua French should repay the state […]

Court calls murder ‘an execution’

The Hedmark County Court found the husband of Janne Jemtland guilty on Monday of not only murdering her but carrying out a cold and calculating execution. The court found no circumstances for a mild sentence, ordering that Svein Jemtland be jailed for 18 years. He had first reported his wife missing after a holiday party […]

City Hall files police report after threats

Officials at the Oslo City Hall have reported a local resident to the police, several months after he caused a disturbance, threatened security guards and top city politicians, and made several racist remarks in a meeting with members of the City Council’s culture committee. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported Monday that the director of the City Council’s […]

Bomb suspect held in prison

A Norwegian man in his early 40s from Skedsmo was ordered held during the weekend for at least four weeks in prison, charged with sending a bomb to the main police station for Norway’s eastern police district. He appealed the custody order immediately. The man has a long record of vandalism, sexual assault and hatred […]

Au pair case heads for Supreme Court

Norway’s highest court (Høyesterett) has agreed to hear an appeal filed by a wealthy Oslo businessman and his wife, who’ve been convicted of violating Norway’s au pair program. The violations resulted in alleged exploitation of young women from the Philippines, who came to Norway under what’s supposed to be a cultural exchange program but ended up […]

Police arrest man for sending a bomb

Handwriting analysis and DNA evidence led police to arrest a man in his 40s on Friday, and charge him with sending a bomb to the eastern police district’s main station in Ski earlier this week. The incident was described as not just an attack on the police but on Norway’s democracy. The man now held […]

Bomb sent to police ‘was meant to kill’

A suspicious package sent to the main police station in Ski, south of Oslo, was found to contain what investigators describe as a “sharp bomb with potential to cause widespread damage.” It was not sent simply as part of a bomb scare, police claimed on Thursday, but “was meant to kill.” The drama began Wednesday […]

Teenage robbers target older men

Police in Oslo have arrested two teenagers after the latest robbery of a man in his 60s. He was heading home through the Frogner Park around midnight Tuesday night when he was attacked by a group of as many as five teenage boys near the park’s famed Monolith. “He sustained cuts in his face and […]

Politicians threatened at Oslo City Hall

Several top city politicians were threatened by a member of the public earlier this autumn, during a meeting of the Oslo City Council’s committee for cultural issues. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported this week that committee members from various political parties were badly frightened, while the man scaring them was ultimately allowed to just walk away. The […]

Germans landed with drugs on board

A local court ordered two German citizens to be held in custody on Wednesday for another four weeks. They were first arrested along with a third German on October 8, after landing at the Kjeller airport in Romerike in a small plane that had large quantities of hash, amphetamines and cocaine on board. One of […]