Oslo - A former senior Norwegian police officer was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Monday for aiding drug smugglers and taking bribes in a case that captivated a nation accustomed to clean law enforcement.
Eirik Jensen, 60, now retired, was once in charge of combating Oslo's criminal gangs. He had denied the accusations against him and his lawyer said he would appeal.
Prosecutors accused Jensen of aiding a smuggling ring for more than a decade by providing information on police and customs staffing, much of it via hundreds of cryptic mobile phone text messages, in return for illegal payments.
Jensen's co-defendant Gjermund Cappelen, who admitted organising the imports of tonnes of hashish, was the prosecution's key witness and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
"This case is unique in Norwegian legal history," Oslo District Court Judge Kim Heger said as he read the unanimous verdict against the police officer.