A 23-year-old man was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Tuesday for threatening the Norwegian Royal Family and other famous Norwegians, including Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and other parliamentarians.
The Norwegian police’s Security Service (PST) arrested the man in 2015 and accused him of several cases of death threats against the Royal Family. The man was released pending trial, which was supposed to have started in January 2016. Then the man ran away to Argentina. He came voluntarily back to Norway in mid-March this year. He was then arrested and was immediately put in jail by the police. The police said at the time that there was a risk that he would try to escape again. The man has now been sentenced to 15 months in prison.
The man had come out with threats of bomb attacks against the Royal Family and their properties. He also threatened to kill the royals and to perform abuse against the female members of the Norwegian Royal Family.
According to the indictment, the man had packed a syringe filled with a whitish liquid in an envelope and shipped it to the Royal Family. It was arranged so that the person who opened the envelope would stick themselves on the syringe. He sent such envelopes to the Parliament and the Royal Family several times. The Royal Family were threatened with murder, kidnapping and assault. The letters were signed by the 23-year-old man. One of the things that the man wrote in his letters was his knowledge of how to build a bomb powerful enough to kill the entire Norwegian Royal Family.
The man’s mental health has been debated throughout the trial. The man himself claims he is completely normal and does not have any psychological problems. However, he is known by the police from previous sentences, and the police have declared that he has no form of mental illness.
This is not the first time the Norwegian Royal Family has been threatened. The Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik admitted in 2011 that he was considering to bomb the Norwegian castle instead of the government headquarters. In April 2016, it was declared full terror alarm in Oslo when a man parked a white van in front of the castle and ran from the site. It was completely harmless, but the man was arrested and charged with threats against the royal house.