Sekkingstad likely going to Norway on Tuesday

Kjartan SekkingstadDavao, Philippines. Kjartan Sekkingstad is again a free man, after one year in the jungle with Abu Sayyaf guerrillas in the Philippines. Here with the Philippines' peace minister Jesus Dureza left and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte after the press conference,Photo: Stringer / NTB scanpix

Kjartan Sekkingstad will travel likely to Norway on Tuesday. On Monday he will through rigorous medical examinations in the Philippine capital Manila.

The Sotra man was on Sunday handed over to the Philippine authorities after sitting one year in captivity by the Islamist Abu Sayyaf guerrillas in the Philippines.

Sekkingstad was clearly marked by a brutal year as hostage, when he met with Norwegian and international press together with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Sunday afternoon.

Promises good help

MFA informs news agency NTB on Monday morning that Sekkingstad will go through a thorough health check in Manila on Monday before he plans to travel to Norway on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg says it is important that Sekkingstad now gets good follow-up.

– Our embassy will help with that, and we want him to get help regardless of whether he chooses to be in the Philippines or if he comes back to Norway, Solberg said.

– We have no experience with this type of case, but we have good crisis management if he chooses to come to Norway, she said.

Sekkingstad has the last 15 years lived in the Philippines.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today