The mayor of Bergen, Trude Drevland, and Inge Tangeraas, Bergen harbor master, have been charged with corruption. This was confirmed yesterday, September 18, by Bergen police, according to news sources in Norway.
Drevland has been charged with corruption because she reportedly accepted paid-for-trip by Viking to the shipyard in Venice, as well as a hotel stay and later a 2-day cruise to Oslo. The mayor was offered and also accepted a Mediterranean voyage, which later turned down.
The police did not comment on whether chairman of Viking Cruises, Torstein Hagen, would also be charged. If Trude Drevland is found guilty, she will face up to ten years in prison.
The charges alleged that Hagen had picked up the mayor, her son and Bergen harbor master in his privately owned jet and flew them to Venice for the launching of the first ship of the line. In Venice, they had stayed in a luxury hotel at the expense of Viking. Subsequently, the mayor had taken a 2-day sailing in Norway and had accepted a 7-day Mediterranean cruise. The charges also included that the mayor had tried to influence government agencies on behalf of the line.
Both the mayor and harbor master have rejected the charges. The first ship of Viking, Viking Star, was christened this past May in Bergen.