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Norwegian May Do 15 Years Hard Time for Cake-Toss

ABC News

A student who last October threw a cake at Norway’s new finance minister may face up to 15 years in prison for assaulting a government official, a state prosecutor said Friday.

On her first day in the job, Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen, from the Socialist Left Party, was hit with the cake by a young man as she arrived at the ministry in Oslo. The man approached her as a well-wisher who wanted to give her a cake. When she realized what was happening, Halvorsen turned away and the cake hit her in the back of the head. She was unharmed.

The man, whose name was withheld under Norwegian law but who was said to be 24 years old, has been charged with three counts preventing a government member from exercising authority, assault and “frightening and annoying” an official state prosecutor Marit Bakkevig said. The first count carries up to 15 years sentence.

The attacker, who has since quit his university studies, has told Norway’s largest newspaper, VG, that his action was intended to “start a debate on the effectiveness of having a finance minister from a left-wing party.”

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Can someone explain his “reasoning”? How does throwing a cake relate to a nation’s finances? 

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July 29, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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