Kidnappers demand €9m in cryptocurrency for Norwegian billionaire's wife

Kidnappers demand €9m in cryptocurrency for Norwegian billionaire's wife

Kerry Wise
January 10, 2019

A view of the home of missing woman Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, the wife of one of Norway's richest men, Tom Hagen, in Fjellhamar, Norway, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.

"There has been demand for ransom, and serious threats have been made in this case", Police Inspector Tommy Broeske told a news conference. His fortune in 2018 amounted to almost 1.7 billion kroner ($2 billion), according to Norwegian news agency NTB.

He is number 172 on a list of Norway's wealthiest people published by the financial magazine Kapital, with a fortune that amounted to almost 1.7 billion kroner ($200 million) in 2018, according to Norwegian news agency NTB.

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

The Halloween-day kidnapping of the Norwegian tycoon Tom Hagen's wife has taken a quirky turn as police have revealed that the tech-savvy kidnappers are demanding payment in cryptocurrency.

The paper also claimed the note said she would be killed if police became involved.

Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang, quoting unnamed sources, reported that a demand for ransom corresponding to 9 million euros (US $10 million) had been made, payable in the Monero cryptocurrency.

"We have no suspects in this case", he said.

At centre a view of the home of Norwegian billionaire Tom Hagen and his wife Anne Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen in Fjellhamar Norway Wednesday Jan. 9 2019. Norwegian police say the missing wife of one of Norway's richest men has been abducted and

'We need information, and that is why we now go out into the media.

Investigators said they had no suspects at this stage. "That is all I'd say".

It said Mrs Hagen appeared to have been abducted from the bathroom of her home and that there had been "limited dialogue" with the alleged kidnappers over the internet.

Police refused to confirm the sum but said they had advised the family not to pay.

Mr Broeske said those behind the kidnap have chosen to communicate digitally and officers have had no other form of contact.

Family lawyer, Svein Holden, told reporters: 'The family sees this as a cruel and inhumane act.

Norwegian authorities are working together with Europol and Interpol on the case.

Police believe she disappeared from the couple's home, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the Swedish border.

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