National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime in Norway
The National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (Norwegian: Økokrim) is Norway's central unit for fighting economic and environmental crimes. The unit, created in 1989, has its main office in Oslo.
Økokrim is both a police unit and a prosecution authority. The current director is Trond Eirik Schea. The unit is organized in multidisciplinary teams headed by public prosecutors. Each team has a specific field of expertise, such as corruption, computer crime or fraud.
The organization has played an important role in some major legal cases. For example, in 2002 and 2003 during the DeCSS legal proceedings it prosecuted Jon Lech Johansen, who was assisted in his defense by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and again in 2003 Økokrim arrested Mullah Krekar, alleged leader of the Kurdish Islamist group, Ansar al-Islam. In 2006 indictments were filed against four members of The 5 Percent Community for breach of trust with fraudulent intent.1
The agency's desired conviction rate is 90%.4
- 0kokrim 2006 Annual Report
- http://www.aftenposten.no/okonomi/Okokrim-etterforsket-rekordfa-saker-i-2011-6765144.html "Økokrim fikk 25 personer straffet i fjor, og oppgir en domfellelsesprosent på 86, målet er 90 prosent."
- English website of the ØKOKRIM unit
- EFF Topics: Free Jon Johansen! - Norway v. Johansen Case
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