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Woman jailed after four decades of spouse abuse

A 72-year-old woman has been sentenced to three years in jail after a court found that she had made her husband’s life a living hell for at least 41 years.

In a unanimous ruling, Salten district court in northern Norway said the woman had subjected her now deceased husband to mental and physical abuse from 1969 to 2010. With no apparent provocation from the husband, the woman had often assaulted him in front of the couple’s children, newspaper Avisa Nordland reports.

In a curious twist, the case only came to the attention of the authorities after the woman reported her husband for alleged harassment. But when police began looking into the matter the case was quickly turned on its head.

The man died last year, but his children have spoken out about abuses they say stretch back to the end of the 1960s.

”For 41 years the man lived under an almost constant terror regime characterized by continuous uncertainty and fear of violence and other forms of harassment,” said the court.

Prosecutors accused the woman of forcing her husband to live in the cellar, hitting him with an iron bar, 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, spitting at him, and preventing him from using the telephone.

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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.