Amy Winehouse Summoned to Norwegian Court

Amy Winehouse

Appealing for her fine for marijuana possession, the troubled British singer was ordered to appear in person to drop the charge.

Arrested and fined for drug use and marijuana possession last October, Amy Winehouse was ordered to appear in a Norway court two months after the incident if she wants the charge to be dropped. According to Bergen police, the British singer has to appear in person to appeal her fine for the marijuana possession.

Bergen police lawyer Rudolf Christoffersen stated that the 'Rehab' singer has been summoned to appear in court on February 28, 2008. He also said, "The Gulating court (in Bergen) sent us a letter dated December 18, 2007, stating that... this case cannot be tried in absentia."

Further, on Thursday, December 27, Liv Karlsen, the Bergen police spokeswoman said to Associated Press, "I can confirm that she must appear in court. If one appeals a conviction, it's the rule that one has to appear in person, so this is not surprising." Furthermore, Bergen police lawyer Rudolf Christoffersen stated, "The Gulating court (in Bergen) sent us a letter dated December 18, 2007, stating that... this case cannot be tried in absentia."

On October 18, Winehouse along with her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, and her hairdresser were arrested for illegal drug possession after they were caught having seven grams of marijuana at her hotel suite at the Radisson SAS Hotel Norge Bergen. They were released the next day after paying 500 euros fine.

Upon knowing that by paying the fine, she indirectly pleaded guilty for the charges, Winehouse then claimed that she was tricked into signing a document she didn't understand. Her Norwegian attorney, Ole Kvelstad, supported her by stating that the Bergen police made a mistake by not providing a translator to explain the charges.

However, the police denied the accusation. Their lawyer, Christoffersen insisted, "(Police were) very certain the three knew what they were signing. They were interrogated by a police officer who speaks fluent English... and they paid the fine on the spot."



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