Norway chief of police resigns in wake of critical report
Norway's chief of police has resigned after an independent commission highlighted serious failures in the police response to last year's bombing and shooting attack that claimed 77 lives, a cabinet member said late Thursday.
Justice Minister Grete Faremo announced Oystein Maeland's resignation during a television debate with leaders of other parties, dpa reported.
The July 22 Commission presented its report Monday and singled out the police, stating that the man charged with the attacks, Anders Behring Breivik, could have been apprehended earlier. Breivik's sentencing is due next week.
Faremo said she would not comment on Maeland's decision, citing conflict of interest after having worked closely with him in previous governments.
Maeland said in a statement he felt he "lacked trust" from the justice minister and other leading politicians, making his position untenable. Maeland took office only a few weeks before the 2011 attack.
"I think he acted wisely. The job he was about to take on now was completely different to the one he was hired to do," said Knut Arild Hareide, leader of the opposition Christian Democrats.
The report also criticized the government and other authorities for failing to implement security measures that had been approved, such as blocking off an access road near the government buildings targeted in the bomb attack.
Parliament is to debate the findings of the report in an extra session at the end of the month.