OSLO, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Norwegian police have ended a corruption investigation into the former chief executive of Vimpelcom, a company now known as Veon, saying on Wednesday he was no longer a suspect.
Jo Lunder was briefly held by police in 2015 as part of a probe into the companys business in Uzbekistan and had since been under investigation.
Following his arrest, he resigned from his position as chief executive of the Fredriksen Group, a company controlling billionaire investor John Fredriksens holdings in shipping, oil services, fish farming and other business.
"The case has been dropped," the police said in a statement.
Lunder now plans to sue the police for damages, his lawyer told Reuters.
"Jo Lunder is very happy about this. It has been a tough time and he feels relief that it is all over," Cato Schioetz said.
Vimpelcom admitted in February 2016 to having paid more than $114 million in bribes to a high-ranking Uzbekistan official, and agreed to pay $795 million in penalties to resolve related U.S. and Dutch probes. (Reporting by Joachim Dagenborg Writing by Terje Solsvik; Editing by Gwladys Fouche and Mark Potter)