Laila Bertheussen appeals prison sentence: “This right here is shocking”

John Christian EldenPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / Pool / NTB

Laila Anita Bertheussen is appealing today’s verdict, according to which she was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison. 

The verdict against Bertheussen was passed in Oslo District Court on Friday. 

Among other things, she has been convicted of an assault on democracy. The 55-year-old appealed the verdict on the spot.

“This right here is shocking. I appel on the spot – without a doubt,” Bertheussen said.

Already during a break during the reading (of the verdict, editor’s note), her lawyer John Christian Elden said that the verdict would be appealed.

“She is disappointed with the verdict so far as she has been found guilty,” Elden said, adding that “the court has not found convincing individual evidence against her.”

“No conclusive evidence”

“The court has emphasized that there is no conclusive and decisive evidence in the case. It is based on a so-called overall assessment of evidence and disregards alibis, and that there are times when Bertheussen could not have carried out the actions,” he continued.

Bertheussen has been convicted of eight cases of threats against her cohabitant and 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).

She is also convicted of setting fire to the rubbish bin in the courtyard outside the home she shares with Wara and attempting to set fire to the couple’s car. 

She was acquitted on the charge of arousing suspicion that a criminal act has been committed without it taking place.

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

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