Former Nittedal Mayor Hilde Thorkildsen acquitted of corruption charges

Hilde ThorkildsenPhoto: Paul Kleiven / NTB
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The former Nittedal Mayor Hilde Thorkildsen (AP) has been acquitted of gross corruption charges, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.

Thorkildsen was charged with gross corruption in connection with a construction case in the Municipality.

During the trial that took place earlier this autumn, the prosecutor demanded one year and six months in prison, but Romerike and Glåmdal District Court has acquitted both her and the co-defendant.

Thorkildsen has, at her own request, been suspended from the role of mayor since December last year, while the corruption case against her is ongoing.

Case background

According to the indictment, she was involved in the Municipality’s processing of cases where the businessman had interests and ownership, including the regulation and development of a new residential area in Bjørnholtlia in Hakadal.

The indictment was further based on the fact that in November of 2013, the businessman arranged for the transfer of NOK 125,000 to a company partly owned by Thorkildsen. She previously ran two clothing stores, and the money transfer was linked to the company that owns these stores, according to NTB.

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

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