Section 8. Power to prosecute offences which have been adjudicated abroad

When a final judgment has been passed abroad which falls within the scope of
  1. a.
    the Act of 25 March 1977 No. 22 relating to the transfer of prosecutions from or to other European countries,
  2. b.
    the Act of 20 July 1991 No. 67 relating to the transfer of convicted persons, or
  3. c.
    an international agreement forming part of the Schengen cooperation,

no criminal proceedings may be instituted or sentence passed in Norway for the same criminal offence if

  1. 1.
    the person in question was acquitted or found guilty without a sanction being imposed, or
  2. 2.
    the sanction imposed has been fully executed or is in the process of being executed or has been waived pursuant to the rules of the adjudicating country.
If the prosecution in the adjudicating country was not instituted at the request of Norwegian authorities, prosecution may be undertaken in Norway for cases specified in a) and b) of the first paragraph when
  1. a.
    the act was committed in an area specified in section 4, see also section 7,
  2. b.
    the offender was domiciled in Norway or was a Norwegian national at the time of the act and prosecution is in the public interest,
  3. c.
    the act was directed against a person holding public office in Norway, or against a public institution or anything else of a public nature in Norway, or the offender himself/herself held public office in Norway, or
  4. d.
    Norway has a right or obligation to prosecute under international law.
If the prosecution in the adjudicating country was not instituted at the request of Norwegian authorities, prosecution may be undertaken in Norway for cases specified in c) of the first paragraph when
  1. a.
    the act was wholly or partly committed in Norway. If the act was only partly committed in Norway, however, the exception does not apply if the act was partly committed in the territory of the party to the convention that has passed judgment,
  2. b.
    the act is punishable in Norway as a war crime, genocide, an offence against the autonomy and security of the State, an offence against the constitution and the political system, or as hijacking, an act of sabotage against infrastructure, an aggravated drug offence, unlawful involvement with plutonium and uranium, or aggravated arson or any other particularly dangerous act of destruction, or
  3. c.
    the act was committed by a Norwegian official and was a breach of his/her official duties.