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Top Norway politician: ‘PST Director must go’. Progress Party (FrP) MP Per Sandberg has repeated calls for Janne Kristiansen’s resignation over her Global Shield-Breivik actions. Mr Sandberg, who heads Parliament’s Standing Committee on Justice, says the Police Security Service (PST) Director has made “a catalogue of mistakes” when it came to handling Interpol information about the terrorist.Information Her public statements and the service’s actions have been both contentious and contradictory.

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Top Norway politician: ‘PST Director must go’

Published on Wednesday, 30th November, 2011 at 23:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith and Ioana Dan      .

Progress Party (FrP) MP Per Sandberg has repeated calls for Janne Kristiansen’s resignation over her Global Shield-Breivik actions.

Per Sandberg
'Janne Kristiansen has made a catalogue of errors about Breivik.'Per Sandberg
Photo: Progress Party


Mr Sandberg, who heads Parliament’s Standing Committee on Justice, says the Police Security Service (PST) Director has made “a catalogue of mistakes” when it came to handling Interpol information about the terrorist.

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Her public statements and the service’s actions have been both contentious and contradictory.

The PST remained silent in the days following Anders Behring Breivik’s attacks. It issued an updated threat assessment alleging there was no increased threat from Right-Wing extremism one week later. At the same time, organisations the Norwegian Defence League and Stop Islamisation of Norway (SIAN) reported increased member numbers.

Shortly afterwards, Ms Kristiansen claimed “not even Stasi” could have stopped Breivik. She later apologised, but hit back at Per Sandberg’s comment she should step down because of how she handled the Breivik case.

As part of counterterrorism operation “Project Global Shield”, Interpol and Norwegian Customs passed information on to the PST about Breivik after he was flagged following his purchase of bomb-making chemicals from a Polish company.

“We were given a list with between 50 and 60 names by Interpol and Criminal Police (Kripos). Breivik’s name was on it because he paid 121 kroner to a company in Poland that came under the spotlight because it sold chemicals, amongst other things,” Ms Kristiansen stated earlier this year.

She claimed it was in connection with “a currency transaction”. The mass murderer had bought sodium nitrate for use in his homemade fertiliser bomb.

Misinformation

PST personnel did nothing more than check to see if Breivik’s name was already in their databases at the time, which he was not. It regarded Customs information as surplus.

“He [Breivik] deliberately structured his life to avoid political attention. He has also deliberately structured his online statements to be non-violent, almost appearing as moderate, and has not been part of any extremist network,” she said.

Ms Kristiansen subsequently responded following criticism of the move, declaring, “The PST received the information from Customs about an individual in Norway who had purchased goods from a named firm in Poland that sells chemicals, amongst other things, as part of the report. The actual person was not Anders Behring Breivik.”

She has also claimed they had no authority to register Breivik based on Global Shield tip-offs. This is inaccurate. Security officials have confirmed to Bergens Tidende that the PST can process all personal information and tip-offs unconditionally for up to four months.

Inquiry

It has also been revealed better cooperation between police and customs officials could have averted Breivik’s attacks. The terrorist bought 2,000 Euros’ worth of aluminium powder undetected.

Central government sources tell VG today Minister of Justice Grete Faremo has called Ms Kristiansen home early from a three-week long trip abroad give a full explanation of the PST’s role under Global Shield to Parliament’s own 22 July Committee.

The Director will also have to account for why police security personnel did not manage to trace Breivik prior to his twin massacres. Moreover, a majority of the committee want to call Ms Kristiansen in for a hearing in Parliament. Sources believe the fate of her job is uncertain.

According to Progress’ Per Sandberg, “She has to go, and I believe this could happen already during the course of this week. Minister Faremo will be respected by Parliament should he act swiftly and allow the head of the PST to step down following all of her mistakes.”

Jenny Klinge, the 22 July Commission’s Centre Party (Sp) representative, accuses Mr Sandberg’s Party of “conducting a witch-hunt” against Ms Kristiansen.




Published on Wednesday, 30th November, 2011 at 23:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith and Ioana Dan      .

This post has the following tags: jannekristiansenpst, andersbehringbreivik, projectglobalshield.





  
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