I wrote to Advokat Per Danielsen a brief letter. I then spoke to him over
the phone and I told him Tor Erling Staff didn't have the time to act for
me and that Gjone didn't do anything in eight months, to which Danielsen replied:
"Well perhaps you didn't pay him enough". I replied I'd given him
£100 with my first letter, but he'd turned down my suggestion for another
sum on account (presumably on the understanding he'd be paid when he'd finished
his investigations). To prove I was not mean, I told Danielsen that Tor Staff
had asked me for £1,000 on account. So now in turn Danielsen asked for
the same, which I sent him, together with copies of all the newspaper articles
and other relevant documents and correspondence, i.e. I sent him all he needed,
with my covering letter of 6th October 1998:-
Dear Mr. Danielsen,
Further to our telephone conversation this morning, I left a message with Gjone's secretary asking for the file to be sent to you, but I suspect I'll have some problems with him sending it on to you. Tor Erling Staff did today already put in the post to me the papers I sent him. So to save time, I have today photocopied the whole of my file and enclose:-
1. Copies of four newspaper articles from 1995 and 1998
2. A summary of events entitled "Heidi Schøne" and "Press Release" which please read through first to get an overview of the case
3. Copies of letters I managed to find (thank God!) from 1982-1985 from Heidi Schøne (now Schøne) to me.
4. All the correspondence in this case from 1990 - 1998
No matter what, I want this girl and the newspapers in Court. The girl must be shown to be a liar.
The newspapers did not name me but at least two Norwegians knew it was about me and that in law is sufficient to sue the newspapers.
Enclosed is your cheque. I'll be in touch.
I had already explained that morning on the phone to Per Danielsen that I was out of time to sue for the three 1995 articles but wanted to sue over the 14th July 1998 Drammens Tidende article.
I had phoned Karsten Gjone's secretary with the request that she send my
file on to Per Danielsen.
After he'd had all my papers for a week, I phoned Danielsen to see how things were going and he specifically told me to phone him a fortnight hence - 30th October, so I could discuss his review of my papers. On the 30th I phoned but he was too busy to speak to me.
He was not too busy on the same day, however, to dictate a letter as follows:-
Dear Mr. xxx,
We have just received a letter from your former lawyer, Mr. Karsten Gjone. Enclosed was a big pile of documents.
In order to get to the bottom of this, I am afraid we will have to ask you for more money up front, before we can get back to you.
We would therefore appreciate if you could pay an additional NOK 10.000 - as soon as possible.
We look forward to hearing from you again.
Attorney at law
I wrote back to him on 2nd November by fax:-
Dear Mr. Danielsen,
Thank you for your letter of 30th October. I also wrote to you on 30th October so you should receive that letter soon.
Please ignore the file you received from Karsten Gjone. You already have a duplicate set of papers sent with my letter of 6th October. Keep Gjone's file safe. He did not write to me once in eight months and refused my request to send him more money.
In order for you to get to the bottom of this quickly, all that is necessary for you to do is, from my file, read the 9 page typed report "Heidi Schøne", my 10 page fax letter to Gjone dated 24th July 1998 and the typed up "Press Release". Also read Heidi's letters to me, as well as, of course, the newspapers. You will then have an excellent idea of my case. The other letters are incidental.
I have already supplied you with a cheque for £1,000 - which you have cashed. It seems to me that you have not managed to make a start on my papers.
However, I must make it clear to you that, as I have pointed out to you in my letter of 30th October, you must send Heidi Schøne a "By Hand" (not posted) letter informing her that you have instructions to take civil proceedings against her for lying and trying to pervert the course of justice.
He wrote back on November 5th saying:-
Dear Mr. xxx,
Referring to your letters dated October 30 and November 2, please let me establish some ground rules:-
I am not willing to threaten a person I do not know with a lawsuit without have considered whether you have grounds for doing this or not.
Likewise I cannot start lawsuits against newspapers before having studied your case more carefully.
In order to complete our preliminary work, we must, therefore insist on you paying an additional NOK 10.000, -, before we can get back to you with our advice.
We look forward to hearing from you again.
Considering I sent him the relevant papers on October 6th, he had had the best part of four weeks to establish easily that Heidi was lying and in my opinion could have written a letter putting her on notice of a possible claim. As far as suing the newspapers was concerned, I had not asked him to issue a Writ forthwith. Deep down I felt Danielsen was not going to help me either and I was not in the mood to give him the benefit of the doubt. I had lost all patience. So I wrote to him by fax on 9th November as follows:-
Dear Mr. Danielsen,
Thanks for your letter of 5th November. I feel a degree of hostility in your letters and I think it will be best if you return all my papers and money (save for your administrative expenses).
I sent you all the necessary papers a month ago and it was you who specifically set a date about two weeks ago for a telephone chat, an appointment you could not keep. I had assumed that with £1,000 already in the bank and four weeks or so with the papers, this would be enough time to see that I have a prima facie case against Heidi Schøne. A letter to her simply stating that your client was 'considering' taking a case against her is surely appropriate now.
For you to come back to me on October 30th with the letter that you need another NOK 10.000 as you have received more papers from Gjone told me that you did not read properly my letter of 6th October. You already had all the necessary papers: Gjone's file was a duplicate.
Tor Erling Staff had required £1,000 only, but returned the papers because he didn't have the time to take on the case. All he had asked for was £1,000 and by even British legal fee charging rates, this is enough to be getting on with.
After Wesenberg's pathetic performance and Gjone's when he refused me sending him more money, I will not start paying out huge sums of money until I have the knowledge that the lawyer can overcome the police cover up.
Everyone is going out of their way to protect Heidi Schøne and so if I ask you to speak to [xxxxxxxxxx], then there is a good reason. If you can't form an initial opinion on £1,000 then I get suspicious.
So I will find another lawyer and will not now send all these papers to him. I will write a two-page letter asking for the proof to back up the allegations that have been printed in the newspapers against me. The new lawyer can then ask the police for the proof and issue a writ against Heidi to force her to answer for her lies.
You see, in spite of my own great efforts to obtain evidence and proof from the police, it has not been forthcoming. And this makes me feel that the evidence against me doesn't exist: well I know it doesn't exist as I didn't do the things that have been printed. But getting the police to confirm this is very difficult. Heidi Schøne is suffering terribly because of the great success I have had in telling the Norwegian people my side of the story. The police want to protect her from a civil court case and will make it their job to influence any lawyer to lay off her. So until I see some real action £1,000 is all I'm prepared to pay.
Please then return the papers.
I later phoned Danielsen and confirmed my request. He said he'd send back my papers and wanted to end the conversation and say goodbye. But I said "Hold on. Have you spoken to Karsten Gjone?" "Yes, I have", he replied, and on my further enquiry promised that he did now allow himself to be unduly influenced by what Gjone had said. "No", I thought suspiciously, "of course not. Only ask me for another 10,000 Kroner for the preliminary work and refuse to talk to me on the phone for our scheduled telephone conversation!"
I feel I just might have made a mistake in telling Gjone of the new lawyer, Danielsen. In case my hunch was right, the next lawyers I instructed, Elden & Elden of Oslo, I sent absolutely no copy correspondence from the 1990's but only the newspaper articles, copies of Heidi's letters and the story in English I'd sent the newspapers in 1995, together with a covering letter with specific questions to obtain answers from Heidi Schøne.
I had sent a complaint to Gjone's insurance company, Vesta, over his failure
to observe the time limits to sue the newspapers. Vesta were waiting on the
outcome of my complaint against him to the Disciplinary Tribunal. On 1st December
1998, Danielsen wrote to me :-
Dear Mr. xxx,
HEIDI Schøne ETC.
In accordance with your telefax dated November 9, 1998, we have now closed your file.
Because you only have sent me duplicates, I see no reason for returning the papers we have received.
In any case we would like to keep a full set of copies, for file reasons. If you still want something returned, please let us know. We will then have to charge you copying expenses.
I am sorry you stopped our assignment in the middle of the process. I am also sorry you don't appreciate us not taking too many initiatives before we feel we have our feet on the ground.
Our asking for an additional up front payment has nothing to do with being more expensive than other lawyers in Oslo. It simply has to do with the fact that having to study approximately one kilo of documents requires more man hours than your £1,000 would cover for.
Before you stopped our work, I'm sorry to say that we reached the preliminary conclusion that you do not have a case against any newspaper. We could however be wrong, but then we would have to go through more careful studies, and we did not get to that.
Enclosed please find our invoice. Please advise what we should do with the rest of your money.
Attorney at Law
On December 7th I phoned him up recording the conversation:-
F. Yeah, hi Mr. Danielsen. It's Frederick xxx here. Morning to you. I got your letter.
F. Thanks, but it's Mr. Gjone's file that I'd like to have back. You can keep what I sent you [on 6th October 1998] but it's his file that I really must have back 'cos I want to see what he's done on it. There's obviously no reason at all for you to keep that.
PD. I'll think about it, OK [said in a tone of voice that did not make me feel optimistic at getting Gjone's file back. And as it's my absolute right to have my files back, what was there to think about!].
F. Well it's something that I won't stand for you keeping at all. Not for a minute longer, because as you know full well there's a complaint against Mr. Gjone and in law I understand there's no reason whatsoever to justify you keeping it, you see.
PD. I'll just copy it then.
F. Well, there's no reason for you to copy it. [Because he had his own full set of papers sent with my letter of 6th October 1998. And he still implied he'll charge me for the copying. Further, when I no longer wanted him to act for me, why would I want such a man to keep sensitive and personal records on me for ever, so right then I thought I should have the lot back and said:] Why do you want to keep anything then? [What were his "file reasons"?]
PD. I don't have time to argue with you on the phone [Read:- I don't have time to even discuss this with you or let you test my knowledge of what I've said I've done].
F. I'm paying for the call.
PD. You want to pay for my time as well? [What, on top of his 8,500 Kroner bill?]
F. I don't think I have to pay for your time in law [to discuss his professional conduct or lack of it]. You see I'm a lawyer, I know what goes on. I see your invoice hasn't got one word of what you've done for me.
F. You're supposed to put a list of how you justify the 8,500 Kroner.
PD. We've done that.
F. No, you haven't really explained what you've done for
PD. We have.
F. Well in the covering letter you've just said you've read through it but that's not sufficient. I know what I'm saying because I've been a lawyer for ten years.
PD. Ah huh.
F. The thing is you didn't explain to me why you have to read through "a kilo" of documents when I told you to ignore Gjone's file. You never took my call on that or explained that. That obviously leads me to think something funny's going on You understand!
Then astonishingly a full 8 second silence in which Per Danielsen ignored me, followed by:-
F. Are you still there?
PD. No, not really
F. Well what's the matter, why aren't you talking? Is there a problem?
PD. I'm busy [i.e. I Frederick xxx don't matter a damn].
PD. I'm busy. If you want questions answered, just write us a letter or a fax. ["No thank you", I thought, "just like my other letters and faxes were 'answered'"].
F. I don't want to write. I've been writing enough. I was told by the Complaints Bureau you must send Gjone's file to me and I will be putting in a complaint about you immediately if I don't get that file back. There's no way you can justify what you've done. It's ludicrous. I will be putting in a complaint.
F. I will be putting in a complaint about you.
PD. You can do whatever you like.
F. Yeah, I will. Goodbye.
And followed this by a letter faxed the same day - 7th December 1998:-
Dear Mr. Danielsen,
I refer to your letter of December 1st 1998 and our subsequent telephone conversation this morning.
I am writing formally to request that you immediately make available for collection Gjone's file. This will be picked up by Arild B. Pedersen, who is associated with his bxxxer's law firm in Moss (Tlf:- (69) 27330).
I have spoken to Rune Jensen this morning, the lawyer handling my complaint against Gjone. He has confirmed that I am entitled to have my papers back. You have two sets of papers - Gjone's and your own. Keep the papers I sent you with my letter of 6th October, but I must have back Gjone's file. This will show me what he's done and is something you will not be allowed to deprive me of. Your second and third paragraphs of your letter of 1st December make no sense at all.
Regarding stopping your assignment "in the middle of the process", I rather had the impression from your secretary, and from your refusal to talk to me on 30th October (a date after all, which you yourself asked me to call you on), that you hadn't had time to make much, if any, of a start on the papers. I gather you were still busy in Court. So you must have got a lot of reading in after that.
Regarding your refusal to take "too many initiatives" (your fourth paragraph), there was only one initiative I wanted you to take and that was communicated to you in my letter of 30th October, i.e. to ensure a letter was delivered to Heidi Schøne "informing her that I have instructed lawyers to consider taking civil action against her for lying/attempting to pervert the course of justice". The scale of her deception must have been obvious to you if you charge me NKR 8,500 for work done up to the time I terminated my instructions on 9th November (yet on November 5th you indicated in your letter you had not had the time to consider basically whether Heidi was liable to face proceedings).
I find it strange that in eight months Gjone cannot get off one single letter to Heidi Schøne and neither yourself, after taking £650 sterling [his 8,500 Kroner bill] of my money, a simple letter to Heidi was refused. Remember she lied - not me. A fact supported by policeman Svein Jensen as long ago as 1995. Heidi Schøne and the newspapers brought on themselves the firm response I initiated.
In your penultimate paragraph you say your preliminary conclusion was that I don't "seem to have a case against any newspaper. We could be wrong." But what are your reasons for this preliminary conclusion?
I already told you - twice - the first time being in my first letter to you of 6th October that two Norwegians who knew me, read the newspapers of 1995 and knew it was me the articles referred to. I already know that the time limit for suing the newspapers for the May '95 articles is passed. Hence my complaint against Gjone. That leaves the July 1998 article only, so in all I don't need much of your time to consider the case against the newspapers. I knew I had a prima facie case against the newspapers up until May 1998. But I wanted the journalists of the newspapers and their editors to be subpoenaed to the trial of Heidi Schøne. You spoke to Gjone. I asked you to speak to [xxxxxxxxxx], who knew my case well enough - why didn't you?
A few minutes on the phone to discuss these matters was denied me by you - why? And why not a word of advice on Heidi's lies? Your silence on her false accusations is a serious omission. Indeed, it follows on from Gjone's ten months silence on the specifics of Heidi's deception.
I must say it is not just Heidi Schøne and the newspapers I am up against is it? Please provide me with a detailed summary of the work you have done to justify your charge of NKR 8,500.
Cc. Rune Jensen (tlf (33) 46 22 22) Disciplinary Bureau
The next day I put in a complaint against Per Danielsen to the Norwegian
lawyers Disciplinary Tribunal enclosing a copy of the taped conversation.
My correspondence with Danielsen continued.
Letter dated December 8th 1998 to me:-
Dear Mr. xxx,
Referring to your letter dated December 7, we have now copied the documents you want, in accordance with your instructions. The pile can be picked up in our office as you wish.
Your letter is full of incorrect allegations, but I see no point in pursuing this because we have already closed the file.
The work done is in accordance with hours spent. Because you ordered us to stop in the middle of the process and refused to pay additional funds as requested, I see no point in going into more details than simply stating that you certainly would have had problems winning cases against the newspapers and Heidi Schøne. That would at least require more work and money than you were willing to invest.
I hope this answers your questions.
Attorney at law
My reply dated December 12th 1998:-
Dear Mr. Danielsen,
I am in receipt of your letter of December 8th. Your letter does not answer any of my questions. Moreover how am I to place much reliance on what you tell me in view of the manner of your last telephone conversation with me? Your conduct fell way, way below that expected of a professional man.
The allegations I have made in my previous correspondence, if you have nothing to hide, must be answered by you. Are you trying to tell me that an explanation will not be forthcoming just because you have "closed the file". A file that it seems you are extremely anxious to hold on to? Why, when I have told you I no longer wish you to act for me?
A complaint by me against you has been received by Rune Jensen and he is passing it on to the correct Complaints Bureau for your area.
For your information, in the Spring of 1996 the policeman Svein Jensen of Mjøndalen told me he did not believe Schøne's story when she was at the police and nor did Mr. Jensen trust her. Further the journalist Ingunn Røren had told me in the Spring 1996 that she did not know whether or not to believe Heidi's story about her allegation of my threatening to kill her son and specifically told me that she is not saying I did make the threat, but that is what Heidi said I did.
This evidence, which I have on tape, is sufficient to give me a good chance in the courts. If you had allowed me to speak to you - something I always insisted on - you would have allowed yourself the chance to hear me tell you this. It is in the papers you have been given by me anyway. I told you that we must have a telephone conversation to get to the bottom of the matter quickly. But no! You would not speak to your client, over a matter that after all had made huge headlines in Norway. A matter that took Karsten Gjone eight months to do God knows what! After all the time I have had to wait, still you would not to speak to me, a fellow lawyer, in spite of having cashed my cheque for £1,000.
It is the detail that is important in this case - you are just being evasive and this leads me to believe you are hiding much. You are frightened to let me test your knowledge of what you say you have done. I want conclusive proof from you.
You had the newspapers and you had a two page statement "Press Release" telling of my discoveries after 1995. I had to do a huge amount of research and investigation myself, but I'd condensed it into two pages. You had a résumé on one page of Heidi's past in Norwegian. That would not take long to read through. Yet you give me no comments on it? What do you think of Heidi's past - of her being in a psychiatric unit? Of her sleeping with a man she knows to be taking heroin? Why don't you tell me?
I want all my money back. Your past correspondence, your last phone call, your complete refusal to answer my questions, discuss the case over the phone etc. etc. justifies me telling you that "your service" has been a complete disservice. I got more advice over the phone from two other Oslo lawyers - at no charge whatsoever - than I did from you. These other lawyers were unfortunately too busy to take on my case, but they gave me great hope.
I also want all the documents, papers etc. back that I gave you on 6th October, PLUS Gjone's whole file. I don't want you to keep anything, in fact. If the Complaints Bureau decides you are entitled to keep copies of what I sent you on October 6th then so be it, but no more.
cc Norwegian Complaints Bureau
On 15th January 1999 Per Danielsen wrote to the Lawyers Disciplinary Tribunal:-
SAK NR. 129/98: xxx - ADVOKAT PER DANIELSEN
Referring to the Disciplinary Committee's letter dated January 12, 1999, I have the following comments:
He informed me that he was not satisfied with work done by his former lawyer, Mr. Gjone in Drammen.
As I understood he wanted a "second opinion" and assistance with regard to initiating libel suits against several newspapers and a special lawsuit against a woman named Heidi Schøne.
Our office asked for £1,000 to be payed in advance, which Mr. xxx actually paid.
Having received a large pile of documents from Mr. Gjone, I started working with the different cases.
After having done substantial work, I found that more man hours than Mr. xxx's up front fee would cover for, would be needed. We therefore asked for an additional sum of money, but Mr. xxx never paid this.
Instead Mr xxx starting acting irrationally.
He instructed me to warn Ms. Heidi Schøne that I was considering starting a law-suit against her.
I refused to do so, without being sure that he had grounds for pursual.
Mr. xxx did not like this, and started to send a number of telefaxes and in addition called me a number of times.
In accordance with Mr. xxx's instructions, I stopped working in the middle of the process.
I have billed him for a total of NOK 8.500.-. corresponding with the number of man hours spent.
Mr. xxx then wanted his documents, which have been made available for him. He has stated in a telefax that the documents would be picked up, but we have not heard from anybody.
I refer to my relevant letters to Mr. xxx, already enclosed with the complaint, to substantiate what I write.
As to the particulars of his complaint, please let me state the following:
xxx's letter dated December 7, 1998
It is not clear to me what Mr. xxx is complaining about, but it seems to have something to do with the returning of his file.
We have acted in accordance with Mr. xxx's instructions and wishes. Please read my letter dated December 8, 1998.
We have not charged anything, although we certainly are entitled to charge for copying.
Mr. xxx has forbidden us to mail him his file in the post, and that's okay with us. His associate has however not picked up the file yet.
xxx's letter dated December 8, 1998
Mr. xxx in this letter asks if a lawyer can charge NOK 8.500, - with, in effect, nothing but his word that he has done anything.
It is difficult to interpret what Mr. xxx means by this. If he really is asking whether we have charged him too much or not, it is clear that we have charged him for man hours spent, as explained in letters to him. In the mentioned letters we also have explained what work has been done.
Mr. xxx further refers to the fact that he has instructed me to ignore Mr. Gjone's file - in writing. Then he asks if I am entitled to ignore the request, then charge him for reading the file.
Here Mr. xxx clearly misunderstands.
First I must remind Mr. xxx that he wanted me to go through Mr. Gjone's file in the first place. This was of course necessary in order to evaluate whether he had cases or not.
Then, suddenly, when we asked for more money, he later instructed me not to do the work I had already done. Of course Mr. xxx is entitled to instruct his lawyer, but then the lawyer in return is entitled to refuse carrying out the instructions by cancelling the assignment. It did not come to this. However, I certainly do not want to work for Mr. xxx. Among other things because he gives confusing instructions.
Mr. xxx's letter also contains allegations against the undersigned personally. I do not find it necessary to comment on this.
Mr. xxx's letter dated December 13, 1998
Here Mr. xxx says he wants a refund of "all my money". I cannot agree, because Mr. xxx is obliged to pay for the hours spent, before he stopped the assignment for unnecessary reasons.
Mr. xxx also states that "he denied me any talks". This eventually came to be true. I do not want to spend more time on this busybody who seems to be creating problems not only for myself, but also for several of my colleagues.
Mr. xxx's letters and complaints are not clear. I therefore urge him to explain if I have understood his complaints correctly or if I have missed any.
Mr. xxx has asked me to consider law suits against several newspapers and a girl he knew many years ago, named Heidi Schøne.
I have told him he does not seem have grounds for the law suit against the woman Schøne. This however does not imply that we are not entitled to be paid for the advice given. The same goes for the cases against the newspapers, a work we were not allowed to finish.
To say it bluntly, Mr. xxx seems to want to harass a girl in Norway. As a professional lawyer I am not willing to do this, even though Mr. xxx complains (on the surface about other things, really he is just frustrated, in my opinion).
Attorney at law
I replied directly to Danielsen on 22nd January 1999:-
Dear Mr. Danielsen,
Complaint against you ref:- SAKN129/88
I received a copy of your letter of 15th January 1999 addressed to the Disciplinaerutvelget for Oslo etc. I will reply to them in full shortly but in the meantime enclose for your information the result of my complaint against Karsten Gjone, who you spoke to. My complaint against him has been upheld and I certainly hope my complaint against you will also be upheld..
I see what you really think of me: that all I want to do is "harass" Heidi Schøne and that I am a "busybody" creating problems for you and your colleagues, i.e. Gjone and Wesenberg. Well, Gjone has been found unprofessional. I submit that you have also been very unprofessional and will try and convince the adjudicators of this.
Rune Jensen, the [Disciplinary Committee] lawyer of Sandefjord, was very helpful to me on the phone. He told me more about the newspapers self-regulation rules than you ever did. His attitude was right. Your attitude is all wrong. I smelt a rat early on and I feel justified in all I've done, said and will say about you. I got more advice in "free" phone calls from Tor Erling staff and Steiner Sorvik than I did from you for NKR8,500. You ripped me off.
Your letter of 15th January is evasive and empty of substance. You have added great insult to my substantial injuries inflicted by the lies of the newspapers and from things other people in their ignorance and prejudice may, I suspect, have told you.
On 23rd January 1999 I wrote again to the Lawyers Disciplinary Tribunal. I knew that it was essential that the Tribunal have sight of the whole picture in detail. As the saying goes, "The Devil lies in the detail".
Case No. 129/98 Frederick xxx vs Per Danielsen
Thank you for your letter of 19th January 1999 with enclosure from Per Danielsen.
I have no particular wish to overburden the Tribunal with too many papers on this matter but I'm afraid this will be somewhat inevitable if you are to fully appreciate my position. Background information is necessary. I therefore enclose one set of the following (all of which Per Danielsen has already):-
1. A copy of each of the four newspaper articles; three from 1995 being V.G., Bergens Tidende and Drammens Tidende, and one - Drammens Tidende from 1998.
2. To be read in the light of Heidi Schøne's actual life translated into Norwegian, a copy of which I enclose:- it is 100% true and verifiable.
3. Two letters from Heidi Schøne:- one post-dated 22.8.84, the other a card post-dated 9.4.1985, which thank God I happened to have kept. These obviously refute the newspaper allegation "13 years of sex-terror" from 1995. I suspect Heidi thought I would never have retained letters from so long ago. But I did!
4. My full report from 1995 sent to all the newspapers entitled "Heidi Schøne" x 2.
5. My own findings from 1996 after painstaking investigation by myself headed "Press Release" x 2.
6. A full set of correspondence with Per Danielsen x 2.
I immediately want to refute Per Danielsen's attempt to denigrate my character by saying I have been "creating problems" for himself and "several of his colleagues" (who could only be Karsten Gjone of Drammen and Helge Wesenberg of Bergen, lawyers over whom I have also complained). I always felt total justification for my complaints and so far with Karsten Gjone I have been vindicated. Gjone has been found guilty of failing to uphold the standards required from a lawyer and I enclose a copy of that report dated 13th January 1999 x 2, sent by Rune Jensen to me last week.
I had asked Gjone to enquire of certain vital omissions of Wesenberg's work for me in 1995 over Heidi Schøne. Gjone spoke to Wesenberg but repeatedly failed to ask Wesenberg the questions I wanted asking. After I dropped Gjone and complained about him Per Danielsen spoke to Gjone, but Danielsen refused to tell me what was said between them. Gjone would naturally have little good to say about me to Danielsen as he, Gjone, was under investigation. Wesenberg also would have nothing good to say about me, either, to Gjone. But I have been proved right over Gjone as you can see.
Rune Jensen, I am most pleased with. He told me last week what Wesenberg, Gjone, Danielsen, the PFU or anyone else has failed to tell me since May 1995. That the newspapers "rules" require them to consult "a victim" BEFORE they go to print, to obtain the "victim's" opinion. The newspapers - all 3 of them - failed to consult me and easily they could have found me. Further, that once a story HAS been printed the newspapers are obliged to print my response. Again all three papers failed in their duty. Rune Jensen sympathised with me for my telling him that I had been forced to generate my own form of "newspaper", in my massive campaign by fax and letter to random members of the Norwegian public. I was not going to let the newspapers totally deceive their public and make them believe that Muslims are so, so bad. Would Bergens Tidende have mentioned the "Jewish man" 16 times? I don't think so and nor does Rune Jensen. But it's OK for Bergens Tidende to say "Muslim man" 16 times.
The trouble was that my campaign against the newspapers was so widespread and so successful that the police were getting hundreds of enquiries from members of the public and as a result had to cocoon Heidi from the publicity by stopping all correspondence from any source anywhere. As a result, I can't even get a lawyer's letter to Heidi. Moreover, Drammens Tidende said last July that "in the last year" I have written over 300 letters to Heidi. A big lie. I wrote 5 or so letters telling her I would do all I could to get her into Court for her lies. Besides which I knew none of the letters got to her anyway (they ended up at the police station). I just wanted the police to know that I was still on her case as Gjone refused to write to her once (or me - his own client!). No proof exists about "300 letters to Heidi in the last year". They don't exist.
The Drammen police decided to try and extradite me to Norway two years ago. They consulted British police who told them that British laws are different and I was a free man. The police objected to me telling the public my side of the story on the grounds I was violating Heidi's private life. BUT she had named herself in the newspapers and allowed herself to be photographed. Only after that did I begin an en masse information campaign, using her public name and her public photo.
After the newspapers had failed to observe their rules. Hence the sympathy of Advokat Rune Jensen.
Heidi Schøne - the girl from the Lier B.S.S. Psychiatric Unit. The girl who alleged I attempted to rape her in 1986 (as well as alleging a Bergen shopkeeper raped her, as well as Greek youths attempted to, on her holiday) but who changed her story in 1998 to actual rape by me. All the allegations against me are false. Yes, Heidi - the best form of defence is attack! Even if it means telling filthy ruinous lies. Say the story was picked up by the English papers? 'The Sun' did in fact do a story on an English "Casanova" in Bergen a couple of years ago (not me).
I asked Advocat Helge Wesenberg last year to explain the [attempted rape/rape] discrepancy - no reply. I asked Danielsen to investigate - no comment. It was the attempted rape allegation that so infuriated me which began the troubles again in 1995, together with my misgivings over treatment meted out to me in 1990 in Norway. I only knew of the attempted rape allegation (from 1986) in 1995. Now it is rape.
So am I not entitled to have this investigated by Danielsen? Does he believe I really - IN WRITING - threatened to kill a two year old boy - Heidi's son Daniel - who I dearly loved when I met him. And he made known his fondness for me.
Does Danielsen believe I threatened to kill Heidi's neighbours? Even when there is no evidence whatsoever?
Does Danielsen believe that the 400 obscene letters I am alleged to have written and have all been destroyed by Heidi, were really written at all, by me, a practising solicitor whose career is most certainly finished if it were proven true?
Does Danielsen believe I made hundreds of obscene phone calls - when I could lay myself open to being taped - yet none were made and no single record of any such conversation exists? When Heidi had no phone from 1988 to 1993? Need I go on?
1. Per Danielsen in his wisdom having "done substantial work" (see the 7th paragraph on the first page of his letter to you on 15.1.99) makes NO COMMENT on any of Heidi's lies. What, pray, does the "substantial work" consist of? Tell me please.
2. I know the newspapers didn't name me - clever weren't they! But I knew the position in English law - a copy of which I enclose, and which Tor Erling Staff told me over the phone was the position also in Norwegian law. Staff charged me nothing for this phone advice and returned my £1,000 cheque as he was too busy to take on my case. So why no comment on this simple point by Per Danielsen - the so-called expert. If he had bothered to talk to me properly he'd have been told that Ann-Kristin Horvei of Bergen had told me long ago that from Verdens Gang she recognised me as being the one to whom the articles referred. She had no idea of the allegations that were made in the press and asked me if they were true. Until I told her they were all false, her doubts made her feel they might be true and I had to explain for ages the whole damn story. The point is I have a prima facie case against the newspapers on this particular point, so why no explanation from the "expert" Danielsen. The reasons please! Ann-Kristin Horvei has not spoken to Heidi Schøne for 10 years!
3. You will see from the correspondence a call was arranged for 30th October 1998. This was essential to me. I did not want Per Danielsen to read through pages of unnecessary correspondence. Why in particular should I be penalised financially for the proven incompetence of Gjone? I had to tell Danielsen this and guide him through the copious correspondence. Yet despite his being, I was told, "too busy" (maybe in fact he had no desire to speak to me because I was "a busybody" who "harasses" Heidi Schøne - and how was that conclusion reached?) Danielsen still had time to write to me the same day asking for more money as he now had a "big pile of documents" from Gjone. A quick look at the "big pile" would reveal it is correspondence and documentation that Danielsen already has. So why the need for more money? To read duplicates?
Before addressing my point on duplication, which in fact was never addressed, I'm asked to provide more money. So I smelt a rat. I felt £1,000 was down the drain already. Another 10,000 NKR would also go straight down the drain. There is a strong smell of unprofessionalism here. Many people are unjustly accused of murder and other atrocities and it is a client's right to have a lawyer defend impartially the accused. Danielsen was no such defender, even of me in my circumstances.
Per Danielsen's last paragraph of his letter to you of 15.1.99 betrays his true feelings. I was right to smell a rat. My instincts, as with Gjone, were soundly based. I have been a lawyer since 1987 in both private practice and as an in-house lawyer for a major public British organisation. I know bad practice and evasion when I see it.
Again, on December 1st 1998, Per Danielsen refused to address my comments on duplication. I had to speak to him. NO REASON was given for his "preliminary conclusion" as to why I cannot sue the newspaper (as Tor Staff indicated I may be able to do). What great advice - to give no reasons- for "substantial work" and no comments on obvious FILTH from Heidi Schøne. Not a word of sympathy. Not a word of legal reasoning. Not a single quotation from a legal statute. Nothing! It seems to me there was never any intention to provide helpful advice.
Specfically P.D. cannot charge me photocopy expenses. Rune Jensen told me this explicitly, but why photocopy at all? There were already duplicates! Why no breakdown of what I was charged for? Hourly rate. Degree of difficulty. Number of hours spent. Analysis of my case, legally and morally. Why? Why nothing at all?
So I don't have a case against Heidi or the newspapers at all, eh? Well read the copy letter sent to Gjone's insurers, Hans-Arnt Skjølberg of Vesta. Rune Jensen has, I believe, listened to the tape. The letter is dated 11th December 1998.
Per Danielsen's comments on his second page of his latest letter (15.1.99) about my letter of December 7th are deliberately deceptive. He knows full well what my complaint is all about. In his letter of December 1st to me, he is refusing to send me back either of my two files. It is irrelevant if the papers are duplicates. My letter of December 7th was written immediately after the telephone conversation we had, which I taped, which tape you already have and which, after his secretary confirmed on December 7th that Per Danielsen had still not returned Gjone's file (despite repeated requests), goes as follows:-
[The telephone conversation of December 7th referred to above was handwritten here. The Tribunal had already received a copy of the tape recording but told me that they would only listen to it if I wrote out the words first]
So it was very clear to Per Danielsen what I was complaining about. So the same day, having had quite enough, I wrote to P.D. copying in Rune Jensen. I wrote separately on 7th December to Rune Jensen initiating my complaint over Per Danielsen's general conduct, having already consulted Rune Jensen.
Yet from Per Danielsen's comments in his letter of 15.1.99 he conveys the impression that he's acted reasonably.
Next day - 8.12.98, a no doubt chastened Per Danielsen wrote to me having overnight photocopied all the documents, "I want". He has duplicates already. Why photocopy Gjone's file when he has two sets to begin with?
Again he refuses to answer my questions on the false grounds that he has already "closed the file". I am being played with and wound up.
Per Danielsen gave me the distinct impression that (by his letter of 30.10.98) he would do no work on Gjone's file (nonsensical as he already had all he needed) or the other file until he had got another 10,000 NKR. What on earth does he mean by saying I tell him not to do work he has "already done" by ignoring Gjone's file?
If there is confusion for Danielsen (which I reject) then why no phone call to clear things up? Per Danielsen would not speak to me on the case ONCE until December 7th and you see how that went. There is no truth in Per Danielsen's statement in response to my being "denied any talks" when he says this "eventually came to be true". Nonsense. There is no "eventually" about it. The correspondence and my comments herein indicate that any meaningful talks were denied me throughout, i.e. nothing was ever granted.
All I can say is that Rune Jensen was a gentleman and gave me great advice - more than Danielsen ever did. Tor Staff was great. So was Steinar Sorvik. What a shame the last two were too busy.
In this last page to you - 2nd paragraph - Per Danielsen says he does "not find it necessary to comment on the personal allegations" I have made against him. A complaint by its very nature is personal. My allegations go to the heart of his competence to give proper client care.
Per Danielsen's silences, omissions and failure to give reasoning, his rudeness and evasion are clear for all to see. He only adds insult to the gross injuries and real distress inflicted on me by the newspapers. I don't need this again after a year of "nothing doing" from Gjone.
P.S. Apologies again for the length of this letter. But I trust you will understand.
P.P.S. One thing I forgot to emphasise is that Mr. Danielsen's "substantial work" if indeed this was performed, must BE SEEN TO BE DONE by a client. I refer to my letter of 7th December faxed to Mr. Danielsen. I have not been convinced in the slightest that "substantial work" has been done. So as I terminated instructions on 9th November, I see that days 6th, 7th and 8th were left to do "substantial work". It's all so hard to believe him on what I've been told, bearing in mind all that's gone on. It just does not ring true at all.
Danielsen to his horror would now know he'd been taped as the above letter would be sent to him by the Norwegian Disciplinary Tribunal.
On 18th February 1999 Per Danielsen replied to the Disciplinary Tribunal:-
SAK NR. 129/98: xxx - ADVOKAT PER DANIELSEN
Referring to Mr. xxx's last letter dated January 23, 1999, please allow me to present the following comments:
If Mr. xxx had not stopped the assignment in the middle of the process without any rational reason, all of his questions would have been answered at length.
Based on the work we had done, it proved necessary to consider whether the allegations against Mr. xxx were true or not. We would have had to go through this in detail, after having confronted Mr. xxx with a great number of questions. (Please see the complex allegations in e.g. Verdens Gang's article).
It however never came to this, because of his irrational behaviour.
Mr. xxx's irrational thinking is clearly demonstrated in his comments following the transcript from the taped conversation with me.
I also refer to his statements "So I smelt a rat" and "There is a strong smell of unprofessionalism here".
On the time I worked with the assignment, I was loyal to Mr. xxx. I felt obliged to present possible problems to him. My statement about "busybodyness" is of a retrospective nature. Looking back on his reactions, I certainly feel annoyed because he, which he now proves, has behaved extremely irrationally. Mr. xxx said he was a professional lawyer and I treated him as such.
I refuse to believe that Mr. Tor Erling Staff has advised Mr. xxx to say he would have been able to sue the newspapers, without having studied the harassment allegations from Heidi Schøne, it would similarly not have been possible to evaluate whether he had a case against her or not.
I am sorry I on one occasion was too busy to talk to Mr. xxx and see now that this particular incident has led to Mr. xxx believing smelling a "rat". If he would have been more patient, I would have given him valuable advice.
I found it fair to ask for money up front, because Mr. xxx was living abroad.
I have never said Mr. xxx "can not" sue the newspapers. Here again Mr. xxx misunderstands.
Mr. xxx, in addition, however, may have had problems with the time limit, depending on when the contents of the newspaper articles came to his knowledge, because the three year time limit does not start to run before he was actually read the articles.
To repeat myself: We have not charged Mr. xxx for photocopying expenses. The amount of NOK 8,500, - represents 7,5 hours with an hourly rate of NOK 1.200, given a small discount.
In my last letter I urged Mr. xxx to comment on whether I had understood all of his complaining points or not. Mr. xxx does not comment on this. I again urge him to explain whether I have understood everything completely or not.
Attorney at law
I replied on 3rd March 1999:-
Thank you for your letter of 1.3.99 enclosing a copy of Per Danielsen's letter to you dated 18th Feb 1999.
Mr. Danielsen now urges me again to explain whether he has understood everything completely. It is beyond me to explain any more than I did in my large submission of 23rd January 1999. I note that few of my points have been answered by Per Danielsen.
Tor Erling Staff advised me on the phone on the basis of my representations to him that the newspaper allegations were false. I refer to my copy letter (submitted to you on 23.1.99) dated 11th December 1998 to Hans-Arnt Skjølberg of Vesta, wherein policeman Svein Jensen did not believe Heidi Schøne and the Drammens Tidende journalist admits she went to print without knowing whether what Heidi said was true or not.
Tor Staff asked me if I had any friends or others in Norway who recognised me from the newspaper articles - as I was not named. I told him "Yes, at least two people". And he told me of the legal position in Norway which is similar to that in England on libelling unnamed people. There was a prima facie case for me. But then Tor Staff asked me when the articles were written. 1995-May, I told him, so he replied that I had missed the time limits. I spoke to Staff in September 1998.
On the question of suing Heidi Schøne personally for lying/attempting to pervert the course of justice, Tor Staff told me Heidi Schøne must herself prove her allegations that she made via the newspapers.
For your information I was in possession of all the Norwegian articles - three of them - within about ten days of their publication in May 24, 25 and 27, 1995. Anyway, it's all too late now to sue the newspapers for 1995 articles and I must rely on my negligence claim against Karsten Gjone's insurers.
I maintain that Mr. Danielsen's conduct was irrational, not mine. I've set out my case already. I certainly wasn't treated like a fellow lawyer. Mr. Danielsen says on one occasion he didn't have time to talk to me - 30th October 1998 - but he had time to write to me that day asking for more money. He had my phone number at work and could have phoned me up. He hadn't used the money up I'd already sent him, before asking for more. I want a report on the basics for the £1,000 I'd sent him which included a phone call conversation - after all Tor Staff and Steinar Sørvik spoke to me giving advice - for free.
To make hostile statements such as I'm "a busybody causing problems for his colleagues" and I'm just out to "harass Heidi Schøne" because "really he is just frustrated" are the kind of comments which give support to my gut reaction of smelling a rat after being asked for another NKR 10,000 for looking at a duplicate file.
My present lawyers have been paid NKR 5,000 and then they reported to me; then NKR 6,000 and they reported to me. They let me speak to them on the phone for as long as I want. They have obtained the Bergen police papers and have asked for the Drammen police papers. They have told me at last, after my 3½ years of trying, that Heidi Schøne has not made a full statement to the police in Bergen on her false allegation of attempted rape. She merely said I'd "attempted to rape" her. There is no other information from 1986 on this. In 1998 she says now that I've raped her. It took her 12 years to change her mind. She also alleged a Bergen shopkeeper had raped her in the 1980's. But in 1995 she told Ingunn Røren at Drammens Tidende that I'd attempted to rape her. Ingunn Røren told me this but they chose not to print that allegation. I have all this on tape in case you are wondering.
My new Oslo lawyers have corresponded with the PFU and told them to get on with investigating my complaint over the 1998 D-T article. These lawyers have told me Heidi Schøne is not obliged to help enquiries unless a writ is issued. I have given instructions that I want a writ issued. I have had much, much better value for money.
It is clear Mr. Danielsen made a mistake in earlier correspondence claiming he would charge me photocopying expenses. Why not just admit it? Only now do I see his hourly rate and basic advice on the three year time limit for suing the newspapers.
I got more advice in two free calls to Sørvik and Staff than I did from Danielsen at NKR 8,500. The phone was an essential medium for me.
You are welcome to phone Tor Staff to confirm that what I have reported is true. He is on (22) 20 31 60. Steinar Sørvik told me the psychiatrist, Nils Rettersdøl, talking about erotic paranoia, is a well-known contributor to the newspapers. He is paid for it - and Rettersdøl told me he only based his comments on what the newspapers told him. He knew nothing much about me, in fact and nothing about Heidi's past, e.g. being in the B.S.S. Psychiatric Unit, after two suicide attempts. So clearly being a Muslim is akin to being like filth for the Norwegian press. I won't have it. I will be bringing to Court two white Norwegian citizens who will bravely give evidence that in their opinion Norwegians are brought up to despise anyone who isn't Christian. Thanks to the Holocaust, Jews are no longer denigrated in the press in Europe. Maybe now after Serb atrocities, Muslims will in due course not be denigrated, merely for being Muslim. Still it didn't stop the fucked-up (words I chose carefully and mean) - fucked up Norwegian press printing total crap when the big story was the mental case Heidi Schøne. A true story about her past which the press could have looked into.
I have had enough of Norway and its press and lawyers and police (save for good men like Jensen).
It is time for me to get some long overdue justice and Heidi Schøne will be pursued to Court. The campaign against her will continue unless the newspapers - all three of them - print FRONT PAGE apologies in bold print. The newspapers don't want that so there is a dilemma for them.
On top of anti-Muslim detestable insults and flagrant filthy lies I have to spend hundreds of hours fruitlessly trying just to get simple things done AND I have to pay for it. Well, Heidi Schøne can expect no favours from me. She is worn out and paying the price for lies calculated to ruin me:- the man who in 1990 she would have married had her attempt to convert me to Christianity succeeded. She has admitted to me - it is on tape, that she wanted to "witness me", i.e. convert me in 1990 and I have the book she sent me in her attempts at conversion.
On 1st March 1999 the Secretariat to the Disciplinary Tribunal put the papers in to the Disciplinary Committee consisting of three lawyers.
On 25th June 1999, Per Danielsen sent me back Karsten Gjone's papers.
On the 13th November 2000 the Committee made their decision and their seven page report was forwarded to me on the 21st November. The report concluded:-
1. That Per Danielsen, Attorney at Law, was not in breach of the rules of proper professional conduct in refusing to write to NN [they did not name Heidi Schøne but gave her anonymity of the reference "NN"] to inform her that he had been retained by Frederick xxx to consider legal action or to bring legal action against her.
2. That Per Danielsen, Attorney at Law, was in breach of the rules on proper professional conduct on 1st December 1998 in refusing to release the case documents received by him to the Complainant.
3. That Per Danielsen's fee was reasonable in relation to the assignment and the work to be performed.
Well, point 1 was no great surprise to me. Point 2 obviously was in my favour, but point 3, I was not happy with. So I appealed as follows:-
Den Norske Advokatforenings sekretariat
Kristian Augusts gate 9, 0164 OSLO
Norway. Telefax: 22 11 53 25
FAO: Gro Grasbekk
Letter dated: 23rd November 2000
Dear Ms. Grasbekk,
Case Number: 129/98 - Per Danielsen
Thank you for your letter of the 21st November enclosing the decision of the DNA dated the 13th November 2000.
I write (in duplicate) to inform you that I wish to appeal against the findings of points 1 and 3 in the Chairman's conclusion.
I will write again shortly when I have had more time to reconsider the ample documentation in my possession. Suffice to say that I do not believe at all that Per Danielsen did seven and a half hours work for me as this work should have been reflected in a proper report as opposed to the completely unsubstantiated assertion that he had done a lot of work for me costing 8,500.00 kroner. I myself am an experienced solicitor in England and would never get away with what Per Danielsen has done in justifying this fee to a client without explaining precisely what he has done and the conclusions reached after seven and a half hours of work. Per Danielsen's true attitude is shown by the fact that later he thought I was suffering from "frustration". What exactly does he mean by this - "sexual"(?) frustration as the newspapers indicated whilst at the same time making repeated references to me as "the Muslim man" (16 times in Bergens Tidende in 1995). It is quite apparent now by the Drammen Byrett's decision of September this year in allowing me to proceed to a full trial that I do have a case. It is quite apparent also to my new lawyer that enormous lies have been told about me and none of this was mentioned in Mr. Danielsen's so called report to me. In England lawyers must give a full breakdown of exactly what work they have done and what conclusions they have come to on the amount of work they have so far done. Although I cannot prove for certain that Mr. Danielsen is lying, until I see proper evidence for the amount of work he has done I suspect he is not telling me the truth. In England we require a solicitor to furnish a client with a remuneration certificate if the client is not satisfied with the legal charges incurred whereby the solicitor must detail fully how he can justify time spent on work. Danielsen must be seen to justify his work and fees to me, not just say so.
Moreover, the Committee have failed to comment on the disgusting manners shown by Mr. Danielsen in the taped conversation. To say that he had the manners of a pig is no overstatement. For these manners alone a full refund is justified, and I expect the judge on this appeal to be given the tape to listen to.
The fact is, that for £1,000.00 Mr. Danielsen did not even comment on the basic law of the case, i.e. what a plaintiff has to prove in such a case which information incidentally was supplied free of charge to me by the Drammen Byrett in the summer of 1999 whereafter I proceeded to issue the writ in person. This proved successful whereafter an amended writ was issued by my present attorney who has told me that he cannot understand at all the newspapers comments in the light of N N's letters to me. Letters which Mr. Danielsen had copies of which blatantly proved NN and the newspapers were liars. If my present lawyer can tell me this then why in seven and a half hours of work can Mr. Danielsen not do the same? No! Danielsen's conduct was totally unacceptable.
I note that the Committee have found Per Danielsen to be in breach of the rules of proper professional conduct in relation to point number 2 of their conclusion which obviously I am pleased with.
With regard to point 1 in view of what Mr. Danielsen later on said about my "frustration" I think that he would never have written to NN in any event. I repeat, it would have been quite clear from even a cursory glance at NN's letters to me compared to the comments in the newspapers that NN was a terrible liar and an initial letter could easily have gone out especially after seven and a half hours work. I therefore wish to appeal on point 1 as well, of the Committee's conclusion.
The fact of the matter is that I have Mr. Danielsen's shockingly impolite conversation on tape and his conduct speaks for itself and certainly brings the Norwegian legal profession into disrepute especially as he was dealing with a fellow professional.
Would you please acknowledge receipt of this letter.
Followed by another letter:-
Letter dated: 27th November 2000
Den Norske Advokatforenings secretariat
Kristian Augusts gate 9, 0164 OSLO
Telefax: 0047 22 11 53 25
FAO: Gro Grasbekk
Dear Ms. Grasbekk,
Case Number: 129/98 - Per Danielsen
Further to my letter of the 23rd November I have now been able to review my papers properly and now write again in duplicate.
I would like the judge considering this appeal to report on the following matters with the object of returning not only my £1,000.00 up front payment but also ordering further compensation as he sees fit for the time, stress and inconvenience incurred by me in making this complaint.
1. Per Danielsen's letter to me of December 1st 1998
In this letter Per Danielsen says he reached a "preliminary conclusion" that I "do not seem to have a case against the newspaper". For Per Danielsen's alleged seven and a half hours work at 8,500.00 kroner I deserved to know the reasons for Per Danielsen's preliminary conclusion. Where is the substantive legal advice? I should have been given a precise statement on the legal principles governing my case e.g. standard of proof, burden of proof, time limits etc. without having to request such basic information. I should have been told exactly what Per Danielsen's proposed "more careful studies" involved and were designed to reveal, as to me, seven and a half hours of work is easily sufficient to discover what the basic bones of the case are all about. In effect I am being fobbed off with hollow excuses that give the appearance of a lawyer who hasn't done his job or at least part of a job for which he charged 8,500.00 kroner. When Per Danielsen says that I stopped the assignment, I only stopped it because he forced me to stop it owing to his previous misunderstanding which he could not bring himself to correct.
2. Exactly which papers did Per Danielsen read through in his seven and a half hours of work and how can he fail to see the enormous difference between NN's letters to me and my other evidence on the one hand and the newspaper allegations on the other hand? Why no comment on the fact that in all the newspaper articles I am being referred to as "the Muslim man"?
3. My letters of the 7th and 12th December 1998 to Per Danielsen are clear enough and remain to this day substantially unanswered. Clearly the committee looking into this complaint have ignored the comments made in these letters and I trust the appeal judge will now consider these comments.
4. Per Danielsen's letter to me of December 8th 1998 refers to the fact that I "would have problems in wining cases against the newspapers and NN". Per Danielsen is therefore asserting that he knows of these problems and he should therefore communicate the nature of these problems to me. He never did this and should have done at the time.
5. Per Danielsen's letter of the 15th January 1999 to the Den Norske Advokatforening referred to his belief that I had been "harassing" NN and that I was a "busybody" and that I was "really just frustrated". However no reasons were given for his claim. This is further evidence that he cannot give impartial advice, leave alone proper advice. Such comments together with the contents of my taped telephone conversation with Per Danielsen on December 7th 1998 indicate to me that he had little grasp of the basics of the case which remotely resembled seven and a half hours of work. There wasn't that much to read anyway and an experienced lawyer like Per Danielsen should know how to be selective in his perusal of the papers in front of him. I had in any case, in correspondence, indicated exactly which papers he should read through to help him form an opinion for the £1,000.00 I had paid him.
6. In his letter to me of the 30th October 1998 the clear message from Per Danielsen is that he needs another NKR 10,000 to read the extra documents that he has just received from my previous lawyer. Documents that were in fact just duplicates of what he already had. That was why I refused payment of another 10,000 kroner as it was demanded on a mistaken assumption.
7. Connected to this is Per Danielsen's refusal to discuss the case on the telephone with me (see my letter to him of 12th December 1998). My intention was to guide him directly to the issues that mattered and to save his time and to get telephone advice on the legal position on the basic principles. He had, after all, requested me to phone him on the 30th October, an appointment that I kept but which when I tried to speak to him I was told he was not available. Instead I get a letter the same day asking me for more money.
8. It is quite obvious from the evidence, which anyone can see, that I am, if nothing else, a victim of hatred for Muslims. To be referred to in Bergens Tidende in 1995 at least 16 times as "the Muslim man" and also to have similar references in Drammens Tidende and Verdens Gang to being "a Muslim" speaks for itself. No Norwegian newspaper would put "the Jew" or "the Christian" to such an extent. Moreover the association of my religion with a speculative and degrading assessment of my character will never be forgiven or forgotten by me. I wonder what the wider Muslim public would think of this institutionalised attack on Muslims. I suspect that the Norwegian newspapers still want revenge on the Muslim world for what happened to Jan Nygaard, the Norwegian publisher of Salman Rushdie's book "The Satanic Verses". Nygaard, a man who only last month went on British terrestrial television to proclaim how happy he was to publish this book, in effect saying that it was his moral and public duty to publish the book. The former British Foreign Secretary, Lord Howe, in the same programme described the book as being utterly perverse and offensive to Muslims. The appeal judge on this case only needs to read the translated transcript of my conversations with the Drammens Tidende journalist Ingunn Røren, to see the lengths this journalist went to, to pervert the image of Islam. Certainly Ingunn Røren's taped evidence deserves to go public - she can sue me if she wants to.
9. Per Danielsen I suspect is lying and even if he isn't he gives the clear appearance of having ripped me off. I repeat, that it is no exaggeration to describe him as having the manners of a pig in his taped conversation with me of 7th December 1998. I want the appeal judge on this case to give a specific ruling on this conversation as to whether it is unworthy of a lawyer to react like this. It certainly brings the Norwegian legal profession into disrepute. Danielsen was trapped by his own arrogance on that occasion and must bitterly regret being caught out.
10. Only a fool would be unable to see the full extent of NN's lies and the newspapers' real agenda. Per Danielsen represents himself as a libel expert yet his attitude and unsubstantiated legal comment are worse than useless.
I want all my money back, not just the outstanding fee. I also deserve on top of this, further compensation as indicated above.
As things presently stand NN along with Drammens Tidende, Ingunn Røren and Hans Odde will face trial next year, as declared by Judge Anders Stilloff of the Drammen Byrett in September. So I have got in part what I set out to achieve. However it should have been easy to get to this stage long ago. I have paid a high price and I will make sure that those in Norway who have so tried to ruin me and denigrate the founding values of Islam will never be allowed to forget it.
Danielsen didn't reply at all to these comments and on 18th May 2001 the Appeal
Committee reached its decision:-
Report of 18th May 2001
By letter of 23 November 2000 Complainant, Frederick xxx, filed in appeal with the Disciplinary Board against points 1 and 3 in the Disciplinary Committee's conclusion. He also sent the Board a letter dated 27th November 2000 in which he claims, inter alia, compensation for the time and unpleasantness the complaint proceedings have caused him.
Per Danielsen has not entered a reply to the appeal. It is therefore accepted that he adheres to his earlier statements in the matter.
The appeal to the Disciplinary Board has not brought forth any fresh information and therefore the position with regard to the complaint is the same as in the first instance.
With regard to the facts of the case, reference is made to the presentation given by the Committee.
The Disciplinary Board has reached the same result as the Disciplinary Committee and in essentials agrees with the reasoning given by that Committee. The Disciplinary Board considers it obvious that a lawyer must be allowed an opportunity to examine a matter and decide whether there is due cause for legal action before notifying the other party that such action will be instituted. If in such a case the client is unwilling to accept the lawyer's advice, the lawyer is entitled to refuse the assignment. This similarly applies in a case where the client does not pay a retainer or furnish security for the fee and costs when so requested.
With regard to the complaint regarding the fee charged, the Disciplinary Board agrees with the Committee. The total fee of NOK 8,500 - based on 7.5 hours of work, is in reasonable proportion to the scope of the work, the nature of the assignment and the circumstances otherwise, and it is considered that the work performed by Per Danielsen was necessary for proper performance of the assignment.
This decision is unanimous.
The decision of the Disciplinary Committee is upheld.
As can be seen, the Disciplinary Board, in considering my Appeal mentioned nothing whatsoever about the points I had raised in my letters of 23rd and 27th November 2000. When the Board referred to Per Danielsen's failure to reply to those letters, I see it as his ducking the questions I had posed. The Board also stated that I had not brought forth any "fresh information". I was merely asking for answers to my original complaints to be addressed by the Board in writing. This "fresh evidence" obstacle was the same ploy imposed by the Press Complaints Commission to cover up the shortcomings of the defendants. Again, this abysmal response would not happen in England.
Finally, the Danielsen saga was brought to an end when on 5th June 2001 I asked the Norwegian Bar Association to ask Danielsen to reimburse me the balance of monies due to me after deducting his fee. On 21st June I received a cheque for £338.65 from Danielsen's correspondent bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland.