Family in Elverum denies criminal guilt for violence and racism against Norwegian-Somalis

Elverum courthousePhoto: Morten Holm / NTB
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A father and his two sons deny criminal guilt in a case in which they have been charged with violence and threats against a Norwegian-Somali family in Elverum.

The case, which started in Østre Innlandet District Court on Tuesday, has been described as a racism case. A 55-year-old father and his two sons aged 16 and 18 have been charged with violence and threats against a Norwegian-Somali family, who, after several years, chose to move from Elverum to Oslo.

When the case started on Tuesday, the father and sons denied criminal guilt on all points in the indictment, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.

The charges cover several incidents between December 25, 2019, and until the end of June 2020, the newspaper Østlendingen writes.

Among them is an incident last summer when the two Norwegian sons are accused of running after two of the children of the Norwegian-Somali woman and five other young people of foreign origin. The boys allegedly had an iron bar in their hand, with their dog running in front of them.

In one case on June 29, the father allegedly ran after the mother and two of the daughters into their apartment, hit the mother with a stick or plank, threw objects at her, and threatened to kill them.

“There are different sides to this case. He believes he has not done anything wrong,” lawyer Jostein Løken, who defends the 55-year-old father, told NRK.

Four days have been set aside for the case in court.

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

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