Woman now missing for 78 days

There still haven’t been any signs of life from Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, the 68-year-old wife of wealthy Norwegian investor Tom Hagen. Police still believe she was kidnapped from the Hagen’s home in Fjellhamar, but there’s been no contact from any alleged kidnappers. Police had hoped that when they finally went public with the case last […]

Tips pour in from public in kidnapping case

Police have received more than 600 tips from the public regarding the mysterious disappearance and suspected kidnapping of the wife of a wealthy Norwegian investor. Many of the tips involve where the alleged kidnappers may be hiding her. Anne-Elisabeth Hagen disappeared on October 31 from the home in Fjellhamar that she shared with her husband […]

Kidnapping silence spurs media debate

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norwegian police said Friday that they’ve received more than 250 tips from the public in the two days since they finally confirmed the suspected kidnapping 10 weeks ago of a wealthy investor’s wife. Norwegian media outlets that were aware of the case stayed silent, too, but now both the police and the media […]

Kidnapping shocks ‘naive’ Norwegians

“Norwegians are naive when it comes to their own security,” claimed a former police investigator to newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), after the kidnapping of a wealthy Norwegian’s wife was finally made public this week. Security consultant Johnny Brenna said he’s only surprised that such kidnappings haven’t occurred earlier, while others including potential targets don’t want […]

Victim’s family won’t pay out ransom

The Oslo lawyer representing the family of kidnapped Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen said Wednesday afternoon that they had followed police advice and would not meet ransom demands. They instead want confirmation from her abductors that she’s alive and well, and are then “prepared to go into a process” to get her safely home. Lawyer Svein Holden, […]

Former hostage glad to be back home

Kjartan Sekkingstad, the man from Norway’s west coast who was seized by a guerrilla group in the Philippines last year, landed back in Oslo on Friday following his release last weekend. Sekkingstad said he’d been through “a year in terror.” The 57-year-old former hostage, who already has profusely thanked officials in the Philippines for helping […]

Hostage: ‘We were treated like a slave’

Freed Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad, looking haggard and clearly exhausted after spending nearly a year in the clutches of an Islamic guerrilla group in the Philippines, was safe in Manila on Monday and facing many questions about his year captivity. He told reporters that he and his fellow hostages felt like slaves and were “always kept in […]

Brende confirms hostage’s release

Foreign Minister Børge Brende could finally “set our joy free” on Saturday, after a week of intense work to secure the release of Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad in the Philippines. Now Brende has been assured by Philippine authorities that Sekkingstad is free and in relatively good shape. Sekkingstad, from Sotra in Western Norway, was seized along […]

Brende condemns latest hostage killing

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende condemned the “liquidation” of Canadian hostage Robert Hall in the Philippines on Monday. Hall was being held along with three other hostages including his Filipina partner, another Canadian who was killed earlier and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau all but confirmed the death, saying he had “reason […]

Hostage-takers set yet another deadline

An Islamist terrorist group in the Philippines has released yet another video in which it threatens to kill three hostages, one of whom is expatriate Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad. The terrorists claim they’ll kill all three if their ransom demands are not met. Sekkingstad was kidnapped last September along with two Canadian men and a Filipina […]