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Justice Minister eyes PST scrutiny. Claims Arne Treholt was convicted based on falsified evidence have caused Labour’s (Ap) Justice Minister Knut Storberget to say he is considering an investigation of Police Security Service (PST) methods. In the latest development, the owner of a one-hour photo shop claims police asked him to manipulate a picture of Treholt to make it appear as though he was talking to Leonid Makarov, former head of the KGB in Norway. Regular contact Proprietor Steven Elgesem frequently developed photos for the Soviet embassy and delivered them to POT (PST as it is known now) between 1980 and Treholt’s arrest in January 1994, according to Aftenposten.

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Justice Minister eyes PST scrutiny

Published on Monday, 20th September, 2010 at 13:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 20th September 2010 at 21:04.

Claims Arne Treholt was convicted based on falsified evidence have caused Labour’s (Ap) Justice Minister Knut Storberget to say he is considering an investigation of Police Security Service (PST) methods.

Knut Storberget and Jørn Holme (former PST head, illus. ph.)
Knut Storberget and Jørn Holme (former PST head, illus. ph.)
Photo: Ministry of Justice/Flickr


In the latest development, the owner of a one-hour photo shop claims police asked him to manipulate a picture of Treholt to make it appear as though he was talking to Leonid Makarov, former head of the KGB in Norway.

Regular contact

Proprietor Steven Elgesem frequently developed photos for the Soviet embassy and delivered them to POT (PST as it is known now) between 1980 and Treholt’s arrest in January 1994, according to Aftenposten.

He alleges his regular POT contact arrived at his shop with two separate photocopies of Makarov and Treholt, and asked him to make them into one.

“I hesitated slightly. It would have been an extremely complex task in those days, and would have involved more people than my two female employees,” Elgesem says.

He adds he did not dare ask another expert staff member for help, because the man was an active member of what used to be the AKP (Arbeidernes Kommunistparti), now known as Rød Valgallianse (RV).

Investigation

Elgesem says he has informed Treholt’s lawyer, Harald Stabell, who has confirmed his name will be put forward for the Criminal Cases Review Commission (Gjenopptakelseskommisjonen).

Knut Storberget calls the Treholt case “extremely serious”, hinting at the possibility of a review.

“I am not discounting the government may start an investigation based on recent events, especially in relation to illegal practices. I assume prosecution authorities will do everything they can to get to the bottom of this, as well as in relation to reopening the matter,” he tells NRK.




Published on Monday, 20th September, 2010 at 13:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 20th September 2010 at 21:04.

This post has the following tags: arne, treholt, harald, stabell, spy, russia, money, payment, leif, karsten, hansen, helen, ster, case, review, reopen, police, security, service, pst, lasse, qvigstad, knut, storberget, justice, .





  
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