Accountants disciplined over Norwegian claims

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THREE accountants have been disciplined by their professional standards authority in connection with the fraud allegations being made by the president of the Norwegian parliament, it has emerged.

One is understood to be a senior figure in Guernsey financial circles and heavyweight Norwegian business newspaper, Dagens Naeringsliv, which has a circulation of more than 200,000, is on the point of naming him. It has already identified the company that he works for.

Olemic Thommessen, the most senior figure in the Nordic state after its king, appears determined to carry out his threat to damage the island's finance reputation as he demanded that Guernsey takes seriously his complaints about the administration of a multi-million pound trust.

He is said to be furious chief minister Jonathan Le Tocq has yet to contact him about claims that a trust he settled in the name of Phantom of the Opera set and costume designer Maria Bjornson has been mishandled locally.

The Policy Council said officers had attempted to contact Mr Thommessen on the instructions of Deputy Le Tocq and were awaiting a reply, but confirmation of this could not be obtained.

Mr Thommessen has accused Guernsey authorities of turning a blind eye to what he claims is evidence of fraud.

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