Police can’t win corruption case

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s landmark and lengthy police corruption case entered its second week behind closed doors on Monday, as testimony turned to names and details that, if made public, can make life dangerous for many involved. It’s one man’s word against another’s, as a veteran police officer fights for his career and reputation, while his already-convicted […]

Trial begins into police corruption

One of Norway’s most sensational court cases ever got underway in Oslo on Monday. Eirik Jensen, former chief of special operations for the Oslo Police District, will be defending himself against corruption and serious drug charges levied by an admitted hash dealer and co-defendant. More than 150 people, including other top police officials, have been called […]

Health minister wants to ease drug policy

Health Minister Bent Høie of the Conservatives would rather see Norway’s public health system take care of drug abusers than the country’s criminal justice system. He’s proposing that fines and jail terms for drug use be replaced with health care and drug rehab programs. People caught using narcotics currently face fines that amounted to NOK 48 […]

Sundby’s appeal branded as ‘useless’

Experienced atheletes’ attorneys told state broadcaster NRK that it’s all but impossible for Norwegian skiing star Martin Johnsrud Sundby to try to get his doping conviction evaluated by the high court in Switzerland. Sundby is so desperate to clear his name, though, that he’s keen to try. Norwegian media was full of stories earlier this week that Sundby […]

Cannabis seizures set new record

State police unit Kripos has reported record seizures of cannabis products so far this year. The seizures totaled 2,534 kilos of hash, marijuana and cannabis plants. “So far in 2016 there have been several seizures amounting to more than 100 kilos of hash,” Karl Frey Solvik, leader of the section for narcotics analysis at Kripos, […]

Supporters rally around stricken skier

Norwegian skiers, Norway’s national skiing federation and even commercial sponsors were supporting multiple-medal-winner Martin Johnsrud Sundby on Thursday, after he was ruled as having illegally using an asthma medicine and stripped of major victories in the 2014-2015 skiing season. Other skiers and sports officials outside Norway weren’t so supportive, even suggesting that Norwegian skiers have received […]

Police nab foreign drunk drivers

Motorists from a total of 59 countries have been stopped and arrested so far this year for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Norwegian roads. Drivers from Poland, Lithuania and Sweden topped the statistics. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported that the vast majority of the 4,855 offenders were, naturally enough, Norwegian drivers. They accounted for 3,928 […]

Police crack down on drugs at music festivals

Norwegian police have arrested around 80 people at music festivals during the past week, all of them on charges of narcotics possession. Police think the actual number of music fans combining festivals with drug use is much higher. “There are lots of people at these music festivals, and we can’t be everywhere,” Frank Gran of […]

Addicts can be sentenced to treatment

Norway’s conservative minority government, with support from most all other parties in Parliament, is making it possible for courts to sentence drug-addicted convicts to treatment programs instead of to jail. The treatment option will go into effect immediately. Good experience in Bergen and Oslo with what’s known as narkotikaprogrammet (the narcotics program) prompted Justice Minister Anders […]

Police officer ‘shocked’ by indictment

UPDATED: Eirik Jensen, formerly one of the Oslo Police District’s most high-profile investigators and top officers, says he’s “shocked” that he’s been indicted for serious corruption and narcotics smuggling. “I look forward to meet my opponents in court, and look them in the eye,” Jensen told newspaper Aftenposten Monday afternoon. State prosecutors handed down the historic indictment […]