Rape suspect politician released from hospital

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The Liberal Party’s former deputy leader Helge Solum Larsen was arrested by police in Stavanger on Saturday immediately after his release from a psychiatric hospital.

The 43-year-old Solum Larsen is suspected of having raped a 17-year-old member of the party’s youth wing after the local branch's annual conference in Suldal, south-western Norway, in early February.

He resigned from the Liberal Party (Venstre) and was admitted to a psychiatric ward at Stavanger University Hospital in the days after the scandal broke.

Prosecutor Elisabeth Rød said a decision would be taken later on Monday on whether Solum Larsen will face a remand hearing on Tuesday.

“The charges against him have not been altered after questioning,” she said.

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Helge Solum Larsen has admitted to having sexual relations with the girl but continues to assert that she gave her consent.

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