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Norway jails top policeman for smuggling hashish

Norway jails top policeman for smuggling hashish

A senior Norwegian police officer has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for taking bribes and aiding a notorious drug smuggler.

Eirik Jensen, who was responsible for combating organised crime in the capital Oslo, was arrested.

On Monday, a court found he had received at least 667,800 kroner (€71,300, £63,200) in bribes to help smuggle tonnes of hashish into Norway.

He denies the charges and plans to appeal, his lawyer said.

Jensen’s 21-year sentence for corruption was the maximum permitted under the law, and a rare event in Norway.