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Two arrested taking snaps of Clinton wedding estate

Two Norwegian journalists face trespassing charges after they were arrested snapping photos of the New York estate where Chelsea Clinton, right, is expected to get married.

Thomas Bjorn Nilsson (43) of New York, and Kjerste Sortland, (41) were charged with a violation after they were stopped on Wednesday on the Astor Estate in the picturesque town of Rhinebeck, 145km north of New York City, according to New York State Police.

Reports indicate Chelsea Clinton the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, will marry investment banker Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday, July 31, at the estate.

Helje Solberg, managing editor for the Oslo newspaper Verdens Gang, said police went overboard when Nilsson and Sortland tried to take pictures of the gate. She said they were not on the property.

"We did not realise it was forbidden to take the picture of the gate of the house where the Clinton wedding is to be," she said.

Solberg said the paper will pay the fine -- in New York, trespassing is a violation punishable by up to 15 days in jail and/or a fine up to $250 -- even though "we see this as an overreaction."

"The Clinton wedding has a public interest," Solberg said.

A police spokesman said Nilsson and Sortland identified themselves as journalists and were taking pictures.

He said state police are working with the Secret Service ahead of the wedding and would be diligent about keeping the estate secure.

hnews@herald.ie


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