Royal Mint Cabinet employee released in theft


Published 21 January 2022 at 15.28

Domestic. The Court of Appeal acquits the former employee of the Royal Mint Cabinet who has been prosecuted for several cases of gross receiving regarding economically and culturally and historically valuable coins. The district court acquitted the man and rejected the Royal Mint Cabinet's claim for damages and now the Court of Appeal does the same.

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The Court of Appeal has upheld the district court's ruling, mainly because it has not been proven that the statute of limitations did not apply. >

In connection with inventories at the Royal Coin Cabinet, it was discovered that a large number of coins were missing from the collections. The suspicions against the former employee at the cabinet are based, among other things, on the fact that he has sold valuable coins through various auction companies. The prosecutor's indictment is based on the hypothesis that the coins sold were previously stolen from the Royal Mint Cabinet. ten years before he was notified of the indictment in December 2018.

– What has been decisive for the outcome of the criminal part is the question of prescription, more precisely from what time the prescription period for receiving claims like these should be counted. The Court of Appeal has assessed this issue on the basis of two court cases from the Supreme Court. According to the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court's case law means that all alleged acts must be considered statute-barred, says Hans Cappelen-Smith, Councilor for the Court of Appeal and also vice chairman of the department, in a press release.