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Norwegian ex-minister accused of sexual abuse of asylum seekers

A senior Norwegian politician, former minister of Fisheries Svein Ludvigsen (72), is accused of sexual abuse of three male asylum seekers.

The three are all of legal age but much younger than Ludvigsen. One of the victims has a mild mental disability. This is reported by the Norwegian justice yesterday at a press conference.

The abuse happened between 2011 and 2017 in the house and the country house of Ludvigsen, in hotels and in his office. He would them have promised to help with their residency status.

Ludvigsen, a leading politician within the Norwegian conservatives, was the beginning of 2018 was arrested, and after five weeks, released on bail. He denies all the allegations.

From 2001 to 2005 was Ludvigsen minister of Fisheries, and from 2006 to 2014 governor of the northern province of Troms.

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