Norway justice minister’s partner arrested over car fire

Tor Mikkel Wara leaves his post temporarily after his partner is suspected of setting fire to his car.
Norway Justice, Public Security and Immigration Minister Tor Mikkel WaraImage copyrightEPA
Image caption Tor Mikkel Wara is part of Norway’s populist Progressive Party which is part of the governing coalition

Norwegian Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara is to leave his post temporarily after his partner was arrested on suspicion of setting fire to his car.

Laila Anita Bertheussen, 54, was detained by Norway’s PST security agency in the wake of five incidents at the minister’s home.

She is currently suspected only in the 10 March arson, but will also be investigated over the other incidents.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg said it was a tragedy for Mr Wara and his family.

“This information came as a shock to me and to the entire government,” Ms Solberg told a dramatic news conference in Norway.

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