Convicted Norwegian Cold War spy denied retrial

AP News
Posted: Jun 09, 2011 9:37 AM
Convicted Norwegian Cold War spy denied retrial

A Norwegian commission refused on Thursday to grant a retrial for Norway's most famous Cold War spy, saying it found no indication of fabricated evidence.

Former diplomat Arne Treholt was found guilty in 1985 of spying for the Soviet Union and Iraq, and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was pardoned and released in 1992 and has sought to clear his name three times before, but has been rejected every time.

The five-member commission initiated its review after a book about the case claimed security police fabricated a picture used in the evidence against Treholt.

The picture showed a suitcase with U.S. dollars that Treholt supposedly had received from the Soviet spy agency KGB. The Norwegian daily Aftenposten also has quoted a former security police official as saying the money were planted with Treholt. The accusations have been rejected by security police officials.

Commission chief Helen Saeter said her panel could find no fabricated evidence.

Treholt told The Associated Press he was disappointed with the decision and will consider with his lawyer how to proceed with the case.

"The last word has not been said," Treholt said. "The reason for the rejection is weak."

Treholt has denied ever being a spy but has acknowledged having met with KGB and Iraqi intelligence.