They think it was time to appear in the media –...

Tom Hagen, accused of murder, spoke to the media for the first time yesterday after his wife Anne-Elisabeth Hagen disappeared from the couple’s home in Lørenskog two years ago.

Ståle Kihle is a lawyer for the children of the Hagen couple.


Ståle Kihle is an assistance lawyer for the three adult children of Tom and Anne-Elisabeth Hagen.

He says that the children were informed in advance about the NRK interview.

– Everyone agreed that he should show up. They think it was time for a face and a few words to come out. As we have understood it, an unvarnished picture of Tom Hagen has been painted in the media, and especially through all the leaks that have come from the police, says Kihle.

– What do the Hagen children think about the time to line up in the media?

– It was probably a natural time to do it, as there has been some focus on this until yesterday. Beyond that, this could have been sent at any time, says Kihle.

Tom Hagen is charged with murder and complicity in the murder of his wife. He denies criminal guilt, and has not spoken to the press, but now he has given a longer interview to NRK.

– Misses greater focus on Anne-Elisabeth

Do the children understand that some are critical of Tom Hagen posing for an interview in the media when he is charged with murder?

– Whatever people think about it, they get to stand for themselves. There are certainly divided opinions about this, says Kihle.

Recently, development assistance lawyer Kihle sent out a press release in which the children go out and give support to their father, Tom Hagen. They believe the accusation against Tom Hagen is “a siding, they know he is innocent”.

The press release also states that the family lacks a greater focus on Anne-Elisabeth Hagen and a lesser focus on the charges against the father.

Tom Hagen about his wife Anne-Elisabeth.

– Can not get worse than it is

– It is clear that he will in many ways need to say something about his opinion on this matter. This is completely understandable, says John Christian Grøttum, former Kripos investigator.

Photo: NRK

Former Kripos investigator John Christian Grøttum says that he understands that Hagen has a need to present his version and perception of the case.

– He has been unavailable to the media throughout the process. So much has been written and said in this case that I understand that he must also be allowed to express his opinion, says Grøttum.

How wise is it that he talks so openly when he is a suspect?

– It is clear that when you are suspected of something as serious as you are in this case, you must have a need to provide your opinions and information.

– I do not perceive that it is something negative that he now stands out. He must be allowed to do that. That’s his full right. I fully understand that.

Can it have a negative effect on him?

– Hard to say, but it can not get worse than it is.

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