The Norwegian public prosecutor’s office on Friday cleared a man who served nearly 21 years in prison for the rape and murder of two little girls in a resounding case that turns into one of the worst miscarriages of justice in the country’s history.
Viggo Kristiansen, who has always claimed his innocence, was sentenced by two instances, in 2001 and 2002, to the longest sentence at the time, 21 years in prison with the possibility of extension.
He was charged with the rape and murder of 8-year-old Stine Sofie Sorstrønen and 10-year-old Lena Sløgedal Paulsen.
The two girls were found dead in May 2000 after bathing in a lake in a wooded area (“Baneheia“) in the south of the country. The case had deeply shocked Norway.