Commuter housing controversy: Oslo police confirm they have multiple suspects in the case

Storting - Norwegian parliamentPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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Multiple individuals have been given the status of suspects in the commuter housing case. They have been summoned for questioning.

“That (happened) on the basis of what has emerged so far in the investigation,” police attorney Kristin Ingeborg Rusdal in the Oslo Police District told the newspaper Aftenposten.

The police have started an investigation based on a number of media reports throughout the autumn and winter about possible abuse of the commuter housing scheme in the Storting. Previously, several Storting employees have been questioned, but no one has had the status of a suspect so far.

Investigation is not complete

Rusdal did not want to say anything about who or how many people are now suspects. She emphasized that no one is charged at the moment. 

She told NTB that the police had not finished the investigation so that the case could expand to involve more than the “named six” parliamentary representatives that the police have mentioned earlier.

“We are not done with the job, and I can not rule out that there will be more,” Rusdal told NTB.

She emphasized that the police are still receiving large amounts of documentation in connection with the case and that it is difficult to determine when the investigation will be completed.

Case background

“It can not be ruled out that more people will be summoned for questioning as suspects as the investigation progresses. I can not comment on who or how many people will be questioned or when this will happen,” she told Aftenposten.

The former Minister for Children and Families and former KRF party leader Kjell Ingolf Ropstad, the former Storting President Eva Kristin Hansen (AP), and the former Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion Hadia Tajik (AP) have all resigned from their positions in connection with the case. 

The Office of the Auditor General, the Tax Administration, and the Storting are also investigating the cases individually.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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