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Ex Norwegian PM Brundtland to testify at pensions scandal trial. Former Norwegian Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland has been called to testify today at the continuing trial of two former MPs accused of negligence and fraud. The National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (Økomrim) alleges former Conservative (H) MP Anders Talleraas and ex Centre Party (Sp) MP Magnus Stangeland illegally drew a total of over three million kroner in pensions, because they had well-paid jobs at the same time. It also claims Mr Talleraas and Mr Stangeland failed to give Parliament’s Pensions Board (Pensjonsstyret) proper information about their incomes, which would have meant losing their right to receive a so-called self-awarded “golden pension”.

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Ex Norwegian PM Brundtland to testify at pensions scandal trial

Published on Tuesday, 16th November, 2010 at 11:58 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 17th November 2010 at 09:36.

Former Norwegian Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland has been called to testify today at the continuing trial of two former MPs accused of negligence and fraud.

Gro Harlem Brundtland
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Photo: GAD/Wikimedia Commons


The National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (Økomrim) alleges former Conservative (H) MP Anders Talleraas and ex Centre Party (Sp) MP Magnus Stangeland illegally drew a total of over three million kroner in pensions, because they had well-paid jobs at the same time.

It also claims Mr Talleraas and Mr Stangeland failed to give Parliament’s Pensions Board (Pensjonsstyret) proper information about their incomes, which would have meant losing their right to receive a so-called self-awarded “golden pension”.

Gro Harlem Brundtland, who was herself part of a group of six who received a higher pension than they were entitled to at the time, paid back what she had received voluntarily several years before the case exploded in the media in 2008, according to NRK.

She is one of 21 former and currently active politicians including ex Prime Ministers Kjell Magne Bondevik of the Christian Democratic Party (KrF) and Conservative (H) Kåre Willoch and Labour's Thorbjørn Jagland called to testify at what NRK alleges is a unique trial. This is the first time former MPs are in court for allegedly having broken the law connected with their Parliamentary service.

Both defendants claim they are innocent of all charges as rules regarding the upper limit on earnings were unclear at the time. They face jail sentences of up to two years if found guilty.




Published on Tuesday, 16th November, 2010 at 11:58 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 17th November 2010 at 09:36.

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