Woman abused husband for 40 years: prosecutors

A 72-year-old woman from northern Norway has been charged with abusing her husband for more than 40 years.

Prosecutors say the woman routinely subjected her husband to physical and mental abuse. Among the charges against her are accusations that she cut him with a knife and hit him with various objects, newspaper Avisa Nordland reports.

The man died earlier this year.

The accused, who rejects all charged of violence and assault, contacted the police in 2010 in a bid to force her husband to move out.

“He had called me a whore for so long that I couldn’t take it anymore,” she told the court.

But the case was turned on its head when Salten district court instead issued a barring order against the woman, forbidding her from setting foot in her own home.

The couple’s children have sided with their deceased father, a fact the woman says is the result of her husband feeding them with misleading information.

“I’ve become the big bad troll, but my husband had two personalities – one when we were alone, a completely different one when we were with the children or anyone else,” she told the court.

Prosecutors charged the woman with seriously mistreating her husband on a regular basis since autumn 1961.

The 72-year-old is accused of forcing her husband to live in the cellar, denying him access to the kitchen, bathroom and toilet, cutting up his clothes and throwing them out the window, discarding his mail, taking away his medications and preventing him from using the telephone.

“I haven’t done any of that,” the woman said.

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Norway ex-minister charged with sexual abuse of asylum seekers

A former Norwegian cabinet minister was charged on Wednesday with sexually abusing three asylum seekers over a period of several years, prosecution authorities said.

Norway ex-minister charged with sexual abuse of asylum seekers
2008 file photo of Svein Ludvigsen. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB Scanpix / AFP
Svein Ludvigsen, 72, was charged with one count of taking advantage of his position as regional governor, and one count of exploiting the asylum seekers' vulnerable situation, to abuse them sexually.
“The prosecution authorities have charged a former politician with the sexual abuse of three people,” prosecutor Tor Børge Nordmo said at a press conference.
The three are adults but much younger than Ludvigsen, and one of them suffers from a mild intellectual disability.
The events took place in his home, countryhouse, hotels and even at the governor's office in Tromso in northern Norway, between 2011 and 2017, according to the charges.
Before becoming regional governor, the former conservative politician held several high-ranking positions, including the post of fisheries minister from 2001 to 2005.
Ludvigsen, who was arrested in early 2018 and released from custody after five weeks, has denied the charges against him.