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UK crime lab weakens Norwegian Treholt spy case. The possible acquittal of convicted Norwegian spy Arne Treholt has moved closer after British forensic experts support claims the PST tampered with key evidence. Authorities allege they found stacks of dollar bills in Mr Treholt’s attaché case when they ransacked his apartment in 1983, which they believe he received as payment from the former Soviet Republic for ‘spy services rendered’. Negatives obtained his lawyer, Harald Stabell, clearly show bits of matt tape fastened to the case’s right-hand shiny latches on Police Security Service (PST) pictures it claims were taken during the operation.

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UK crime lab weakens Norwegian Treholt spy case

Published on Thursday, 16th December, 2010 at 15:18 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 16th December 2010 at 20:12.

The possible acquittal of convicted Norwegian spy Arne Treholt has moved closer after British forensic experts support claims the PST tampered with key evidence.

Arne Treholt's briefcase with tape on RHS (1983)
Arne Treholt's briefcase with tape on RHS (1983)
Photo: PST


Authorities allege they found stacks of dollar bills in Mr Treholt’s attaché case when they ransacked his apartment in 1983, which they believe he received as payment from the former Soviet Republic for ‘spy services rendered’.

Negatives obtained his lawyer, Harald Stabell, clearly show bits of matt tape fastened to the case’s right-hand shiny latches on Police Security Service (PST) pictures it claims were taken during the operation.

However, these were absent on pictures following Mr Treholt’s arrest at Fornebu airport in 1984, which police submitted as part of key trial evidence prior his conviction on charges of espionage one year later.

Geir Selvik Malthe-Sørenssen and Kjetil Bortelid Mæland, authors of the book “Forfalskningen – Politiets løgn i Treholt-Saken”, allege these were fabricated, following Swedish and Norwegian photographic experts’ examination of the original PST negatives.

According to Aftenposten, a new report from London-based LGC Forensics delivered to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC/Gjenopptakelseskommisjonen), who are considering reopening Mr Treholt’s legal case, gives “strong support” to what the experts believe.

There have also been claims the Fornebu photos show Mr Treholt was holding his attaché case from a different side, but the red apple sticker placed to the right of the tape by his five-year-old son refutes these. This is also present on the photos allegedly taken during the original PST operation, and the sticker is listed in LGC’s report.

“With the aid of a photogrammetric and morphological comparison it was possible to determine that the end of the briefcase of the Fornebu photograph was the end of the provided briefcase with the ‘apple sticker’,” the experts write.

Mr Stabell believes there is now little reason for the CCRC to refuse re-examining his client’s original trial.

“The piece of tape was there in 1983, absent from the Fornebu picture one year later, only to reappear on subsequent photos,” he tells Aftenposten.

Arne Treholt was sentenced to 20 years in prison but pardoned by Gro Harlem Brundtland’s Labour (Ap) Government in 1992 for health reasons.




Published on Thursday, 16th December, 2010 at 15:18 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 16th December 2010 at 20:12.

This post has the following tags: arne, treholt, harald, stabell, pst, geir, selvik, malthe-soerenssen, kjetil, bortelid, maeland, spy, soviet, union, ussr, lgc, forensics, fornebu, gro, harlem, brundtland.





  
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