A 58 year old Norwegian Macedonian has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for drug offenses. Twelve people in total has been convicted in the trial, which has been held at Follo District Court.
58 years old Haralampi Belcovski got the strictest punishment after being judged to be the leader of a drug ring originating im the Balkans. There were twelve defendants in the case, and if their respective sentences are added up, it amounts to being sentenced to 120 years in prison. They were charged with dealing amounts of 130 kg in total of heroin, cocaine, MDMA, cannabis and marijuana, the newspaper VG writes.
– We are pleased that the court has taken our evidence into consideration. It is a thorough and detailed judgment where the court has emphasized the mafia paragraph of the law, Attorney Trude Antonsen said.
The mafia paragraph deals with offenses committed by an organized criminal group, and means harsher sentences than what would otherwise have been the case.
During the trial period
Follo District Court judges Belcovski to have played an important part as organizer and leader of the organized criminal group, and that this as to be given significant weight in determining the penalty.
Belcovski has previously been convicted three times. The activities he now have been convicted of were committed during the probation period for the third judgment, and which means that the time remaining time from that sentence – three years and 242 days – is added to the new sentence sentence by Follo district court. This means he will be sentenced to 17 years in prison, which is two years more than the sentence recommended by the prosecutor.
58-year-old denied culpability, and appealed on the spot.
– I have no other comment than that the verdict has been appealed, like all the other defendants has done with their own verdicts, Belcovski’s defender Ellen Holager Andenæs said to news agency NTB.
The 11 others were also sentenced to imprisonment, with sentences ranging from five years to 15 years.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today