NEWS IN BRIEF: Norwegian national Stina Brendemo Hagen has fled from Bolivia with her child following her release on bail from San Sebastian woman’s prison.
Local authorities raised the alarm after she failed to fulfil the conditions of her bail by reporting to local police.
Several Norwegian media report it is believed Ms Brendemo Hagen, who gave birth to her child whilst still in prison, is currently in Brazil following confirmation by Norway’s Consulate General in Bolivia she contacted the embassy there.
Speaking to NRK today, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Communications Advisor Kjetil Elsebutangen said, however, “I’m not able to say where she is.”
The Ministry confirms it has instructed all of its offices in the region not to issue her a new passport, as she is a convicted person.
Bolivian police arrested Ms Brendemo Hagen, along with two other Norwegian women, Madeleine Rodriguez and Christina Øygarden, at Cochabamba Airport for attempting to smuggle 22 kilos of cocaine out of Bolivia in 2009. The amount had an estimated street value of 20 million Norwegian kroner.
This week’s actions by the fugitive now mean Madeleine Rodriguez is the only one in left jail following their conviction, after Christina Øygarden jumped bail and returned to Norway on an emergency passport last year. Although she was arrested after Bolivian officials tried to have her extradited, her case is due in court on 05 September.
Hagen and Rodriguez were both sentenced to 13 yrs and 4 months in prison but these were later reduced by 3 years.
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