What happened to Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen? Is she even still alive? Since the 31. October, the 68-Year-old disappeared, probably the wife was kidnapped one of the richest men in Norway, the whole country fears for their fate.

On Monday evening, her family turned to the Kidnapper. In a broadcast on the TV channel, TV2, her lawyer said: “We want to come to a different and better way to be in touch.” So far, the family did not receive multiple messages on a digital platform, which is suitable for the communication.

Allegedly, a ransom in cryptocurrency Monero is to be paid.

The police believe that Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen was overwhelmed on the day of their kidnapping in the bathroom of their house in Lørenskog near Oslo. In the house the written messages have been found. In one of the alleged hijackers the media should demand according to reports, 85 million kronor (about nine million Euro) in the crypto-currency Monero. This is a digital currency that can’t be traced.

The police had decided to wait until ten weeks after the kidnapping, to go Public. The kidnappers had threatened to kill the 68-Year-old, if the police would be turned on. Since then, there had been no sign of life from her, said Prosecutor Svein Holden. “The family is distraught and feels powerless.” It was very difficult to live so long in such a precarious Situation.

On Thursday, police had released surveillance videos from the area, where two men running down a road. Since then, more than 600 tips had been received. “The tips it is possible to hide (both in Norway as well as outside), different observations, names of people and who can be the two wanted persons in the video films”, police said.

Is Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen in Norway?

Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen is the wife of Tom Hagen, an Investor, and one of the 200 richest people in the country. His fortune he has made, according to media reports, with the sale of electricity and real estate.

In the past week, as the Norwegian police had first informed in a press conference on the case, did not want to exclude the investigators that the victim was brought out of the country. In addition to other authorities, Interpol had been turned on, as it was then. In the hearing, the police had also informed that the family would have followed the advice of the police and, therefore, so far, no ransom paid.

The case is viewed in Norway as a unique. There is no other abduction cases in the Scandinavian country are so far known in which a ransom in crypto currency is required. Internationally, there were such cases already frequent.

anb with dpa

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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