Norway Appoints Former Hydro Executive to Head Terror Panel
Norway named Alexandra Bech Gjoerv, a partner at an Oslo law-firm and a former executive at Norsk Hydro ASA, as head of the commission looking into the July 22 terror attacks by Anders Behring Breivik that killed 77 people.
The commission was appointed “to conduct an independent and thorough review and evaluation to draw lessons from the attacks,” Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said today at a press conference in Oslo. “The intention is that Norwegian society may be best equipped to prevent and respond to possible future attacks, while also taking care of the central values in Norwegian society -- openness and democracy.”
The commission will consist of 10 people, including former police officers, military personnel and health professionals. Bech Gjoerv, a partner at law-firm Hjort, has worked at Norsk Hydro ASA and sits on the board of Norske Skogindustrier ASA.
Other members include Hanne Bech Hansen, the former Copenhagen police director and Lieutenant General Torgeir Hagen, the former head of Norwegian military intelligence, as well as Linda Motroeen Paulsen, the vice president of the Red Cross.
The work is “extensive and difficult,” Gjoerv said. While it has no mandate to consider personal responsibility it will examine individual actions, she said at the press conference.
The government on July 27 decided to set up the commission, which is independent and will report to the premier. It will submit a report in August next year.
Armed with a pistol and semi-automatic rifle, Breivik for more than an hour shot people at a Labor Party youth camp on Utoeya, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Oslo, killing 69, including some as young as 14. Earlier he killed eight in a car bomb blast in Oslo’s government district. While Breivik has admitted to the killings, he hasn’t pleaded guilty.
Police are still investigating the attacks and said today they have received about 1,400 tips from the public and interrogated Breivik for 50 hours since his arrest on the island. Police have so far said that there’s no evidence of accomplices.
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