The Baneheia case – – The Attorney General did not do his job

STAVANGER (Dagbladet): – Attorney General Tor-Aksel Busch and Chief State Attorney Kjerstin Apall Kvande at the Office of the Attorney General were notified of several criminal offenses committed during the investigation of the Baneheia case. Among other things, several criminal offenses that we believe were committed during the investigation. This applies to what both the police and the public prosecutors in Kristiansand did, and Jan Helge Andersen, whom we reported for false accusations. I think the Attorney General has not done his job, says lawyer Arvid Sjødin to Dagbladet.
CRITICAL: Lawyer Arvid Sjødin criticizes former Attorney General Tor-Aksel Busch. Photo: Jacques Hvistendahl / Dagbladet
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“Got the same information”

– The Attorney General received the same information as the Commission for the resumption of criminal cases, which has now reopened the case, says Sjødin and continues:

– Instead of doing something about it, Attorney General Busch and Attorney General Kvande only pointed out that they related to the verdict from the Agder Court of Appeal, where my client Viggo Kristiansen was found guilty.

– The Attorney General did not do anything with our allegations of criminal offenses in the investigation, Sjødin says.

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The evidence

Lawyer Sjødin points out that the prosecuting authority has a principle of objectivity.

– The Criminal Procedure Act states that the prosecuting authority must be objective, and that they must check allegations that come against the job they themselves do. What they should have done is sit down and go through the allegations we had made.

– I received an answer on two lines, where they state that Viggo Kristiansen has been convicted, and the rest is up to the Resumption Commission, says Sjødin.

– Does that mean that you believe the Attorney General has not dealt with the evidence in the Baneheia case?

– Yes, everything that was stated, which we stated from 2010, and which the Attorney General rejected in 2015, is the same as the basis for the Resumption Commission’s decision that the case against Viggo Kristiansen will be reopened, says Sjødin.

FACSIMILE: The letter from the Attorney General.
FACSIMILE: The letter from the Attorney General.
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Trust

– The reason for the Attorney General’s answer, and rejection, is probably that they think they know more than foreign DNA experts about DNA. And that they think they know more than civil engineers and telecommunications specialists about telephones, says Sjødin.

– Do you trust former Attorney General Tor-Aksel Busch and the country’s supreme prosecuting authority?

– I think the Attorney General should have treated the Baneheia case in a completely different way than they did. Whether it breaks with my confidence in the entire system should be left unsaid, says lawyer Arvid Sjødin.

WAITING: Former Attorney General Toe-Aksel Busch does not want to have a polemic with attorney Sjødin. Photo: Hans Arne Vedlog / Dagbladet
AWAITING: Former Attorney General Toe-Aksel Busch does not want to have a polemic with lawyer Sjødin. Photo: Hans Arne Vedlog / Dagbladet
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No controversy

– I have no particular comments on lawyer Sjødin’s views. The Baneheia case is now in a phase where the case will be processed by the prosecuting authority, and where they will take a position on the question of full legal proceedings. I do not want to go into a polemic with lawyer Sjødin, says former Attorney General Tor-Aksel Busch to Dagbladet.

– I have nothing to add, beyond what Tor-Aksel Busch states, says Chief State Attorney Kjerstin Apall Kvande at the Attorney General.

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