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PST boss is attacked

Hans Sverre Sjøvold, leader of the Norwegian police intelligence PST, is again having problems with his previous illegal possession of weapons, now how to get his men at the Oslo police station to dispose of their weapons.He was the chief of police in Oslo at the time, and the newspaper VG It exposed the internal culture of highly suspicious loyalty to the boss, and as a result, Sjøvold received favorable treatment.

Questions have been raised about the integrity of PST chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold. He is shown here at a meeting with a foreign correspondent in Oslo shortly after becoming the leader of the PST. Photo: newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

VG Over the weekend, I published an article about how Sjøvold agreed to take over two guns from the “brothers” who died at Odd Fellows Lodge in Holmestran. The man’s widow reportedly gave Sjøvold a box of weapons and thought the weapons would be destroyed.

Instead, Sjøvold left them home for seven years without re-registering in his name. VG He reportedly said he had a problem with his colleague over a morning coffee in 2015. He reportedly told them that he had a weapon he shouldn’t have. At that point, one of the men working in the police arms office “looked deeply” at Sjøvold. VGAnd he said, “I’ll fix things.”

But another colleague at the weapons office flatly denied To take over the weapons, especially because they were illegal to own Sjøvold.It wasn’t until 2019 VG You can report that Sjøvold has violated Norwegian weapons law. He was eventually fined 50,000 kroner, but nevertheless succeeded in leading the PST from his job as Oslo police chief. (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste)Norwegian National Security and Intelligence Agency.

This time, the career of workers in the arms office, who refused to dispose of Sjøvold’s illegal weapons, ended, and the illegal weapons incident reoccurred. VG He extensively reported on how he was harassed and threatened to not indirectly help Sjøvold dispose of illegal weapons. Whistleblowers have not been identified and cannot talk about the case after finally accepting 1.2 million kroner last fall in return for leaving the Oslo police after quitting their job. By that time, he was already on sick leave and disability due to stress and pressure on him, after further opposition to violating the rules.

His colleague apparently wanted to please Sjøvold, but beat him and demanded that he just “work” and stop asking about Sjøvold’s illegal weapons. Even high-ranking police officials are said to have told him not to “pull together” to cause trouble. Whistleblowers did not believe that Sjøvold should be treated specially. Others apparently did. While some deny the allegations by whistleblowers, Inspector Audun Kristiansen admitted to the police’s internal department that Sjøvold’s weapons were not handled according to normal routines.

Survey conducted in 2019, But that only brought fines and did not affect Sjøvold’s new top job. Now that may be the case. Norwegian police minister Emily Mel said she was still confident in Sjøvold, even though the whistleblower seemed to be mistreated. Meanwhile, current police chief Beate Gangås is seeking a new external investigation into how police treated both Sjøvold and whistleblowers. It is carried out by the State Police Department.

In the newspaper, public opinion reaction is not in favor of Sjøvold Dagsavisen Edited on Tuesday that the PST Chief showed impaired judgment, violated the Weapons Act, and benefited from special treatment. “PST Chief Sjøvold can’t stand such a serious question about his integrity.” Dagsavisen He wrote the entire case as “a terrible pain for police, Sjøvold, PST, and Mehl.”

Sjøvold, now 64, claims he doesn’t know How his men handled the weapons they handed over to him, and that it caused a major dispute within the weapons office. VG Sjøvold also reported that he had handed over not only the two weapons of his late lodge brothers, but also a fully unregistered .38 caliber revolver. Sjøvold himself cannot explain where it came from.

“I’m very sad to hear that one of my ex-colleagues has been disabled,” Sjøvold said in a written statement after reading. VGStory. “I have provided thorough and detailed information to the investigators in the closed case. Therefore, it is not natural for me to provide further comments on more questions. VG.. It included whether he understood that his subordinates could feel pressure when asked to do something for the police chief.

Whistleblowers, meanwhile, are now completely disabled and have lost their jobs, but have also received an unconditional apology from Oslo police leaders. “He didn’t do anything wrong, he just did his job,” said Sveinung Sponheim, a former deputy police chief. VG.. Other police leaders have confirmed that the whistleblower’s duty to report fraud violates the loyalty of others to the police chief. Gangås by email VG “It’s a shame that a former colleague experienced a difficult work situation, which had such consequences. The police station admitted that he wasn’t treated well.”

The colleague who harassed him did not comment further, but is expected to face further questions from outside investigators.

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

https://www.newsinenglish.no/2022/05/03/pst-boss-comes-under-fire/ PST boss is attacked

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