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Asks the court to consider closed doors when Viggo Kristiansen is to testify

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Viggo Kristiansen was acquitted of the murders in Baneheia in 2022. On Tuesday, he will testify in the trial against Jan Helge Andersen in Sør-Rogaland district court. Photo: Beate Oma Dahle / NTB

Of NTB | 23.04.2024 09:20:42

Crime and justice: On Tuesday afternoon, the acquitted 44-year-old will testify during the trial against Jan Helge Andersen.

In a letter to Sør-Rogaland District Court in advance, lawyer Brynjar Meling has asked the judges to carefully consider which questions should be allowed to be asked to Viggo Kristiansen, and referred to the rules for closed doors in connection with testimony, writes Aftenposten.

Among the topics that may be brought up in court are cases of sexual abuse against a girl aged seven or eight, and of frightening behaviour, which Kristiansen committed before the murders in Baneheia took place in May 2000. He was sentenced for these cases in 2022.

– For the sake of Kristiansen’s reputation, he should not have to answer for matters he committed as a child, which dates back to the last millennium, says Meling to Aftenposten.

– He is prepared for questioning from Andersen’s defense attorney, then it will be up to the court to ensure that one sticks to the case and the indictment this actually deals with, Meling tells The daily newspaper.

Three days have been set aside for Kristiansen’s testimony in the case. According to Meling, Kristiansen and Andersen have not seen each other since the verdict in the Court of Appeal in 2002.

Kristiansen (44) served almost 21 years behind bars, but was acquitted in 2022 of the rape and murder of Stine Sofie Sørstrønen (8) and Lena Sløgedal Paulsen (10).

(© NTB)

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