Laila Anita Bertheussen sentenced to one year and eight months of prison for assault on democracy

Laila Anita BertheussenPhoto: Egil Nyhus / NTB

55-year-old Laila Anita Bertheussen has been sentenced to one year and eight months in prison by the Oslo District Court for an assault on democracy, among other things.

The verdict was handed down in Oslo District Court on Friday. 

Last autumn, 55-year-old Bertheussen was charged with eight cases of threats against the former Minister of Justice Tor Mikkel Wara (FRP), his party and government colleague Social Security Minister Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, and her husband, parliamentary representative, Christian Tybring-Gjedde (FRP).

Bertheussen has always denied criminal guilt and criticized the Norwegian Police Security Service (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste – PST) for a unilateral investigation. 

However, the prosecuting authority has argued that there can be no doubt that the 55-year-old Bertheussen is the only one who may have had the motive and opportunity to carry out the crimes.

Upset about a video

Bertheussen was very upset that the house where she and the former Minister of Justice Tor Mikkel Wara live on Røa in Oslo had been filmed, and that the recording was used in the theater production “Ways of Seeing” at the Black Box theater in the autumn of 2018. 

Bertheussen protested against the use of the video. The incidents involving her home in Vækerøveien began to occur at that time.

For several months, the police investigated the cases without finding any suspects. 

After Wara’s and Bertheussen’s car was set on fire on the night of March 10, 2019, the investigators begin to suspect that someone in the family was behind the threats. 

Four days later, Laila Anita Bertheussen was charged by the Police Security Service (PST) and taken in for questioning.

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

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