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The Foreigner Convicted Norwegian MP granted right of appeal. Former Centre Party (Sp) MP Magnus Stangeland is to get a new chance to prove he is innocent of fraud. Oslo District Court (Tingrett) sentenced Mr Stangeland earlier this year to a 60-day prison term for gross negligence and fraud for his part in the so-called ‘pensions scandal’. He was also ordered to pay 100,000 kroner in legal fees. In its January ruling, ex MPs Magnus Stangeland and fellow-offender, Conservative Party (H) Anders Talleraas, were found guilty of receiving incomes exceeding their pensions, giving them “an unjustifiable advantage.”

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Convicted Norwegian MP granted right of appeal

Published on Wednesday, 6th April, 2011 at 12:37 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 6th April 2011 at 17:19.

Former Centre Party (Sp) MP Magnus Stangeland is to get a new chance to prove he is innocent of fraud.



Oslo District Court (Tingrett) sentenced Mr Stangeland earlier this year to a 60-day prison term for gross negligence and fraud for his part in the so-called ‘pensions scandal’. He was also ordered to pay 100,000 kroner in legal fees.

In its January ruling, ex MPs Magnus Stangeland and fellow-offender, Conservative Party (H) Anders Talleraas, were found guilty of receiving incomes exceeding their pensions, giving them “an unjustifiable advantage.”

“The Court also finds that Mr Talleraas acted with gross negligence. He should have known that the pension scheme would be a safety net, and that it should have been means-tested. The court considers Mr Stangeland knew there was an upper limit. He too has acted with gross negligence and should have studied the letter of the law,” the verdict read.

Neither would have received a pension if they had provided correct information as to their earnings, over 3.2 million kroner in excess of what they were entitled to, according to the Court.

Yesterday’s decision by Borgarting Court of Appeal ‘s (Lagmannsretten) screening committee to allow Mr Stangeland to retry the questions regarding his guilt and sentence was unanimous. He is still liable for his legal fees, reports NRK.

“I see this as a half-victory and am pleased I can bring my case before [a court] again,” he says today.

The screening committee is expected to decide about Mr Talleraas’ appeal within a matter of weeks.




Published on Wednesday, 6th April, 2011 at 12:37 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 6th April 2011 at 17:19.

This post has the following tags: magnusstangeland, anderstalleraas, pensionsfraudscandal, oslodistrictcourt, oslotingrett, borgartingcourtofappeal, borgartinglagmannsrett.





  
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