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A man who wrongfully served 21 YEARS in prison for the rape and murder of girls aged eight and ten


A man who wrongfully served 21 years in prison for the rape and murder of girls aged eight and 10 was cleared today in one of Norway’s ‘worst miscarriages of justice’.

The charges against Viggo Kristiansen, now 43, were dropped by the Norwegian public prosecutor’s office after a re-examination of the evidence.

His false conviction for the rape and murder of eight-year-old Stine Sofie Sorstronen and 10-year-old Lena Slogedal Paulsen has been called by the media one of the worst miscarriages of justice in the country’s history.

Kristiansen was sentenced by two courts in 2001 and 2002 to 21 years in prison with the possibility of extension, the longest sentence at the time.

In May 2000, the two girls were found dead after bathing in a lake in a wooded area in the south of the country.

The horrific circumstances of their deaths sent shock waves through Norway.

His false conviction for the rape and murder of eight-year-old Stine Sofie Sorstronen and 10-year-old Lena Slogedal Paulsen has been called by the media one of the worst miscarriages of justice in the country’s history.

After the case was reopened last year, the testimony of co-defendant Jan Helge Anderson was discredited.

He had implicated his friend Kristiansen as the main perpetrator of the murder.

The DNA evidence was also shown not to support the theory that multiple perpetrators were involved and it was noted that Kristiansen’s phone was well removed from the scene of the crime at the time it allegedly took place.

Attorney General Jon Sigurd Maurud told reporters: “The case had deeply tragic consequences, particularly for Kristiansen – who served more than 20 years in prison and was therefore deprived of much of his life – and for his loved ones.

“I therefore want, on behalf of the prosecution, to offer my most sincere apologies for the injustice that has been inflicted,” he added.

Elsewhere, the national police and the police headquarters who carried out the investigation also apologized.

Kristiansen was released from prison last year and may be entitled to seek compensation of more than 30 million Norwegian kroner ($2.8 million) from the state, according to his lawyer.

His acquittal will still have to be dealt with in court, but with the prosecution dropping the charge, it is largely a formality.

Judge Emilie Enger Mehl told reporters at a press conference called to comment on the announcement: “If the Court of Appeal announces an acquittal, it will be one of the biggest legal scandals in Norwegian history. “

Although she stressed that a final court decision was still awaited, she offered a conditional apology and announced the establishment of an independent investigation to shed light on what led to the conviction.

Kristiansen’s co-defendant, Andersen, who received a lighter prison term of 19 years for cooperating with investigators, will now face further investigation, the prosecutor added.

It comes after Stine Sofie Sorstronen's brother Kristoffer, pictured, spoke publicly about his sister's murder

It comes after Stine Sofie Sorstronen’s brother Kristoffer, pictured, spoke publicly about his sister’s murder

It comes after Stine Sofie Sorstronen’s brother Kristoffer spoke publicly for the first time about his sister’s murder.

In the first and only interview he gave about it, he said on an episode of “Lindmo,” that the focus on the case almost turned the case into entertainment, according to NRK.

He also said he felt guilty for his sister’s death, explaining that the day she disappeared with her friend, he was supposed to go swimming with them.

But he didn’t because he went home to build a new computer with his father. He told them to go swimming alone and they never came back.

He added that he was affected by that day and that it influenced his life.

Although he admitted that he is now an adult, he came to terms with it more and realized that it was not his fault.

Kristoffer also told the program that he was expecting a child. He added that his sister’s case had become a “media circus” and media pressure was a constraint.

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