Former Norway minister jailed for sexually abusing three men seeking asylum

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A prominent Norway political figure and former Minister, Svein Ludvigsen, 72, has been jailed for five years for sexually abusing three young men who were seeking asylum in the country.

The former fisheries minister and a regional governor, was found guilty of exploiting the men’s vulnerability and compelling them to have sex for the favour.

Ludvigsen is said to have given the three false impression that he will use his powers as governor of the district of to decide people’s asylum status.

The abuse took place between 2011 and 2017 and one of them was a teenager, at 17.

Ironically, Norway is known as a country that promotes its credentials as a world leader in human rights.

Ludvigsen, who retired from politics in 2014, was the fisheries minister in a center-right government from 2001 to 2005 and served as the appointed governor of Troms, in Norway’s far north, from 2006 until he retired.

 

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