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Posted by African Press International on September 5, 2007

Kjell Inge Rkke, one of Norway’s most successful businessmen and industrialists, is now spending his days in a jail in Vestfold, south of Oslo.

Kjell Inge Rkke started his 30-day jail term this week.

PHOTO: SCANPIX

Rkke, convicted of bribery in bypassing standard procedure to obtain a boating license, was sentenced two years ago to 120 days in prison. He appealed but dropped it when an appeals court only agreed to hear parts of his case.

Rkke, age 48, will only spend 30 days in actual custody, however, since 90 days of his jail term were suspended.

He was called in to start his sentence from Friday August 31, but got an offer to start a day early. “He accepted,” said his press spokeman, Rolf Nereng.

He’s serving his time at Hof prison in Vestfold County, north of Tnsberg. It’s known as a low-security “work colony” with conditions far better than in most prisons around the world.

It will nonetheless be quite different from the luxurious homes and condos, yachts and jets to which the head of industrial firm Aker is accustomed. He’ll have to choose between assembling furniture, working in the kitchen, doing cleaning work or making wooden crates.

No television, mobile phones or Internet are allowed. The 108 inmates must share four pay phones after 2:30 in the afternoon. Rkke will also need to share a room with another inmate.

By Nina Berglund

Lifted and published by Korir, API*APN africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.aftenposteneng

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