Men suspected of largest fraud in Norway’s history can be extradited from Israel, court rules

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Two of the men accused of having tricked the top manager in Edison Norway into paying them around NOK 150 million can be extradited from Israel to Norway, an Israeli court decided, according to newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad.

The Israeli court decided that the two men, aged 28 and 29, can be extradited to Norway after the major fraud against the energy company in Stavanger.

Both accused are originally from Italy, but the 29-year-old is also an Israeli citizen.

Sørvest Police District believes the two men belong to an international criminal network that specializes in tricking business leaders.

The fraud against the energy company’s Norwegian head office in Stavanger last autumn is probably the biggest in Norwegian history.

“We have received a verbal confirmation that a court in Israel has granted our extradition request.

We have also been informed that the ruling can be appealed.

Therefore, we do not know when the two men will eventually be transferred to Norway”, police attorney Rune Gjertsen in the Southwest police district told Stavanger Aftenblad.

According to Gjertsen, the two men have 30 days to decide whether they will appeal the extradition decision.

The two accused were requested to be extradited to Norway on December 1 last year.

The money that Edison Norway was tricked into paying has not been recovered – it has likely been transferred to bank accounts in Hong Kong.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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