Wednesday, May 18

The prosecutor requests three and a half years in prison for the accused Boligbygg consultant

For the four other defendants, the prosecutor requested imprisonment from six months to three years.

The scandal that was rolled up by Dagens Næringsliv in 2017 , is considered the Oslo municipality’s biggest corruption case ever. The main hearings in Oslo District Court are now coming to an end after more than 20 court days, he writes Today’s business.

Five men have been charged with corruption and money laundering in connection with the Boligbygg case where apartment buildings and flats were resold to the municipal company Boligbygg with a million profit. Everyone denies criminal guilt,

– Everyone will be sentenced according to the indictment, said State Attorney Håvard Kampen in Økokrim on Tuesday.

– The accused have exploited a vulnerable situation in the municipality, where there was talk of managing large sums over a short period of time. There was a relatively large margin for those who wanted to take advantage of the situation. This must be considered more aggravating, said police lawyer Marthe Smestad in Økokrim during the presentation of the criminal claim.

The prosecutor also proposes the confiscation of a total of NOK 9 million from four of the accused.

Boligbygg ordered an investigation of the case after DN’s series of articles in the autumn of 2017. The purchase of around 500 apartments for a total of NOK 1.4 billion was followed up by investigators from the auditing firm Deloitte.

The investigators concluded one year later that the municipality had paid a premium of between 80 and 115 million kroner for the properties.

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