Police Deny Knowledge Of Undercover Cop

Published May 18, 2011

Icelandic police have denied they knew that purported environmental activist Mark Stone was actually British policeman Mark Kennedy. One Icelandic MP believes the case should become a foreign affairs matter.
As Grapevine reported, British policeman Mark Kennedy participated in the Kárahnjúkar protests, and told the Guardian that he had taken part in major protest operations, rising up the activist ranks, and had even seduced protesters to extract information from them. Saving Iceland, an environmentalist group who spearheaded the protests against the Kárahnjúkar dam project, denies that Kennedy was particularly active or important in Iceland.
However, the revelation called into question just how much Icelandic police knew about Kennedy’s real identity, and the Ministry of the Interior formally asked police headquarters for answers. RÚV now reports that the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police says they have no records of Mark Kennedy, and that there is no evidence to suggest that police were aware of Kennedy’s identity. Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson has been outspoken on the matter, saying that Icelanders should not allow foreign police forces to sneak their way into the country, and that Kennedy’s use of sex as part of his “investigations” is a violation of international law.
The matter was also brought up in parliament, where Ögmundur announced the police report. MP for the Movement Birgitta Jónsdóttir said that the matter should possibly be brought to the foreign affairs stage, as both Irish and German authorities have also had to deal with Kennedy engaging in the same activities in their countries.
As it is, Kennedy is a free man, living in the UK. Saving Iceland has demanded “that the truth about his betrayals while under the command of the British authorities, and possibly in collaboration with the Icelandic authorities, be exposed and that those responsible be made to answer for their actions. The British and Icelandic police and governments, for whom Kennedy seems to have gathered information, must end their silence about which agencies and authorities were aware of his undercover work in Iceland.”



News
Banks Made Over 80 Billion ISK Last Year

Banks Made Over 80 Billion ISK Last Year

by

Iceland’s three banks made a combined total of 81.2 billion ISK last year alone, showing an increase of over 25%

News
Tourist Business Unhappy With Civic Protection

Tourist Business Unhappy With Civic Protection

by

While Civic Protection in Iceland has been diligent about protecting Icelanders and tourists alike from the dangers of the Holuhraun

News
Pirate Party Reacts To Proactive Police Investigations

Pirate Party Reacts To Proactive Police Investigations

by

Pirate Party MP, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, has expressed concern over the police’s request for proactive investigative powers, reports Vísir. Independence Party

News
Police Want Authority To Spy On Citizens

Police Want Authority To Spy On Citizens

by

The Icelandic police want the authority to “gather information” on individuals they deem a threat to public safety; the qualifications

News
No “Special Treatment” For Convicted Bankers

No “Special Treatment” For Convicted Bankers

by

Director of the Icelandic Prison Service Páll Winkel wants the general public to know that the convicted Kaupthing bankers will

News
Sigur Rós To Re-issue Ágætis Byrjun

Sigur Rós To Re-issue Ágætis Byrjun

by

To mark its 16th birthday, Sigur Rós have announced that an expanded limited edition boxset of Ágætis Byrjun is in

Show Me More!