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Norwegian commission denies retrial for convicted Cold War spy

OSLO, Norway — A Norwegian commission refused on Thursday to grant a retrial for Norway’s most famous Cold War spy, saying it found no indication of fabricated evidence.

Former diplomat Arne Treholt was found guilty in 1985 of spying for the Soviet Union and Iraq, and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was pardoned and released in 1992 and has sought to clear his name three times before, but has been rejected every time.

The five-member commission initiated its review after a book about the case claimed security police fabricated a picture used in the evidence against Treholt.

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