Taiwan cooperated with Norway yesterday in repatriating a fugitive Norwegian pedophile wanted by Interpol, marking the first case of police cooperation between Taiwan and a Scandinavian country.
Using information provided by Norwegian police through Interpol, local police and immigration officers tracked down Harry Larsen, a Norwegian man who had been sentenced to two years in prison for sexually assaulting children in the Norwegian capital of Oslo in 1995 and again between 2000 and 2001. He was living in Tainan City when he was arrested earlier this week.
Two Norwegian police officers traveled to Taipei yesterday to escort Larsen back to Oslo, an official from the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said.
“We handed Larsen over to the two Norwegian officers at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport,” the official said, adding that the trio left for home yesterday evening.
According to the official, a CIB officer stationed in Bangkok was forwarded a letter by Nordic Liaison Officer Henning Jensen — a section chief with the Danish Criminal Investigation Bureau who is posted in Bangkok on behalf of the five Nordic nations — during a meeting last month on the protection of children’s rights and the prevention of exploitation of children.
The letter was submitted by Norwegian police, who wanted to know if Larsen was in Taiwan.
After screening immigration records, CIB officials found that Larsen had arrived in Kaohsiung on a flight from Hong Kong on Sept. 23 last year and had not left the country. Larsen then married a Taiwanese national and applied for residency.