Four Icelanders Charged In Pussy Riot Protests

Published August 17, 2012

Four Icelanders are facing charges under a seldom-used Icelandic law for their participation in a protest in front of the Russian embassy earlier this summer.
Smugan reports that among those facing charges are Snærós Sindradóttir, who helped organise the protest held earlier this summer, and Smugan journalist María Lilja Þrastardóttir. However, neither of them know who is behind the charges.
Reportedly, a plain-clothes police officer approached Snærós and informed her that a decision had been made to charge her under Article 95 of the Icelandic Penal Code, which states the following:

Anyone who officially disgraces a foreign nation or a foreign State, its superior official, Head of State, flag or other recognized symbol of nationality, the flag of the United Nations or the flag of the Council of Europe, shall be subject to fines, [or imprisonment for up to 2 years. In case of gross offence the penalty may be imprisonment for up to 6 years.

The charge is likely related to the Russian flag being taken down during the previous protest.
Morgunblaðið reports that Snærós is already seeking an attorney over the matter. The police have said that the charges were not pressed from the Russian embassy.



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