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Norwegian authorities release foreign criminals. The Norwegian Supreme Court has ruled in favour of releasing a man jailed for possession of cash point skimming equipment. A legal loophole means foreign criminals can import hardware to commit fraud. Police arrested the man at the end of last year in Customs when he came in to Norway by car. He was subsequently given a prison sentence of 15 months However, the Supreme Court has now ordered his immediate release because he bought the advanced equipment abroad, which is not an offence.

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Norwegian authorities release foreign criminals

Published on Tuesday, 26th October, 2010 at 13:37 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The Norwegian Supreme Court has ruled in favour of releasing a man jailed for possession of cash point skimming equipment. A legal loophole means foreign criminals can import hardware to commit fraud.

ATM card skimmer (illus. photo)
ATM card skimmer (illus. photo)
Photo: Angus Fraser/Flickr


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Police arrested the man at the end of last year in Customs when he came in to Norway by car. He was subsequently given a prison sentence of 15 months

However, the Supreme Court has now ordered his immediate release because he bought the advanced equipment abroad, which is not an offence.

“The prosecuting authorities charged the man, but what turned out to be under a wrong construction of the law. We just have to withdraw the charges [and apologise],” State Attorney Geir Evanger tells NRK.

Evanger goes on to say tens of criminals jailed for the same offence have now also been set free.

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Current legislation requires police to prove skimming equipment has been acquired or used in Norway.

Knut Kvalheim, general manager of the Banks Association (Bankenes Standardiseringskontor) calls for the law to be ammended.

“It sounds absolutely hair-raising to me. I assume those who made the law made a mistake and it will [now] be corrected extremely quickly,” he tells NRK.

The man has now returned to his home country and his lawyer confirms he will be suing for compensation.



Published on Tuesday, 26th October, 2010 at 13:37 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: fraud, cash, point, skimming, equipment, legal, loophole, norwegian, supreme, court, release, jail, compensation.





  
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