Former Hells Angels Leader Awarded Damages

13.12.2012
Words by Paul Fontaine
The former head of the Hells Angels in Iceland was awarded damages in Reykjavík District Court today due to his phone being tapped by police.

Einar "Boom" Marteinsson used to lead the Hells Angels, and also led the motorcycle club's previous Icelandic incarnation, Fáfnir. The club was being watched carefully by the police at the time, as they were suspected of being involved in organised crime. According to RÚV, Einar's phone was tapped in February and March of 2009.

He was not informed of this for about two years after the permit to listen in on his phone calls ran out, and he was never arrested for anything the police heard on his phone. When he did discover his phone had been tapped, he was reportedly horrified imagining all the personal things the police heard, telling that court that he felt like he had been raped.

As such, the court found that Einar had been mistreated by the police. He was awarded 150,000 ISK in damages. His legal expenses were also reimbursed, totally 900,000 ISK.


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