Wife of one of Norway's richest men abducted; ransom demanded

Hagen home kidnapping Norway

Hagen home kidnapping Norway

The police are now asking the public for any information regarding the search for Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen.

The wife of a wealthy Norwegian businessman has been kidnapped, and those responsible are reportedly asking for the 9million Euro (10 million USD) ransom to be paid in privacy coin Monero (XMR).

Hagen's husband, Tom, was ranked number 172 in financial magazine Kapital's list of Norway's top 400 richest people.

A ransom of €9 million (S$14 million) in cryptocurrency has been demanded for her release, VG said. His fortune in 2018 amounted to almost 1.7 billion kroner ($2 billion), according to Norwegian news agency NTB.

The investigation has been continuing since then, police said, but was given "a low profile" because "very serious threats have been made".

According to the local VG newspaper, the kidnappers left a written note in the couple's home saying the woman would be killed if the police got involved.

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Police have been investigating the case discreetly for several weeks but decided to make it public in the hope that someone would come forward with information, Broske said.

The kidnappers have threatened to use violence against her if her family does not meet their demands, Norway's newspaper of reference Aftenposten said, adding that there had been limited contact with the suspects. Police have been "on the case for several weeks". Police had no indication whether Falkevik Hagen was dead or alive.

Broeske said "those behind have chosen to communicate digitally and we have had no other type of contact". Police had urged the family not to pay any ransom.

Svein Holden, Hagen's lawyer, told reporters the abduction was "a cruel and an inhuman act". "It is demanding and exhausting to be in such a situation over a long period of time", he said.

The police statement said the main hypothesis "has always been that the woman was abducted against her will" and that "extensive" forensic work has been carried out at the home.

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