Hans Olav Østgaard

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Hans Olav Østgaard (born 13 October 1944) is a Norwegian jurist.

He was born in Oslo, and graduated with the cand.jur. degree in 1969. He was hired in the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police in 1970, and was promoted to deputy under-secretary of state in 1982. In 1993 he was appointed as director of the Norwegian Police Surveillance Agency.[1] He was pressured to resign in 1996, as the Norwegian Parliamentary Intelligence Oversight Committee found it unacceptable that Berge Furre had been surveilled while sitting on the Lund Commission.[2] Østgaard instead became assistant to the permanent under-secretary of state in the Ministry of Justice and the Police in 1997.[1]


  1. ^ a b Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Hans Olav Østgaard". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Jonassen, Arild M. (9 August 1997). "Turbulent tjeneste". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). p. 15. 
Police appointments
Preceded by
Jan Grøndahl (acting)
Director of the Norwegian Police Surveillance Agency
Succeeded by
Ellen Holager Andenæs (acting)