A man who, along with his Icelandic wife, is accused of having defrauded a wealthy composer out of millions of dollars has confessed to his crime. The story goes back to 2010, when Vickram Bedi and Helga Ingvarsdóttir extorted composer and heir Roger Davidson of millions of dollars over a period of six years. The extortion started after Bedi was hired with the task of fixing one of Davidson’s computers. Bedi and Helga allegedly told Davidson that there was spyware on the computer, and then expanded upon this. Before it was all over, Davidson paid millions to the couple for protection against everyone from the Russian secret service to Opus Dei. While Helga confessed to her crime last September, Vickram maintained that Roger knew the whole thing was a sham from the beginning, and that it was all an elaborate case of roleplaying. LoHud now reports that Vickram has confessed at last to his crime. While the terms of his plea have not been given, Vickram was facing up to 25 years in prison. Sentencing is currently scheduled for January 22.
A new poll from Fréttablaðið and Stöð 2 shows about two-thirds of respondents want Interior Minister Hanna Banna Kristjánsdóttir to resign, and trust in her – as well as the government in general – is remarkably low. According to the poll, Vísir reports, which asked respondents if they believe Hanna Birna should resign, 67% of those who had an opinion said they believe she should. When the answers are taken as a whole, 21% were undecided, 26% said she should not resign, and 53% said she should resign. Taken by party affiliation, 45% of Independence Party voters (the party from
A damaged Faroese fishing ship was intially refused service in Reykjavík Harbour. That situation changed after protests from Faroese and Icelanders alike. Vísir reports that the Faroese mackerel fishing boat Næraberg experienced severe engine trouble on their way from fishing stocks in Greenland waters last Thursday. This prompted the captain to put in a request to Reykjavík Harbour, the closest port of call, in order to conduct repairs. However, the answer they received was that they were welcome to dock in Reykjavík harbour, but the crew would not be permitted to disembark, nor would they receive food, drinking water or
An Icelandic musician who has been an outspoken opponent of the Reykjavík Pride festival may be looking at hate speech charges for his remarks about the LGBT community. Gylfi Ægisson, a musician who has made his opposition to Reykjavík Pride publicly known on more than one occasion, did so again in the comments of a news article on the festival. There, he said that homosexuals were categorically child molesters, and that they hope to “brainwash” children – accusations he has made before. Kristín Sævarsdóttir, one of the organisers of Reykjavík Pride, has decided that enough is enough. Vísir reports that
Travelling between Japan and Iceland will, for two months at least, be a whole lot easier. Vísir reports that Japan Airlines intends to have six flights from Osaka and Tokyo to Keflavík International Airport in August and September. The first flight landed last Thursday, carrying some 220 passengers. This marks the third year in a row that the airline flies directly to Iceland, in keeping with the increasing number of Japanese tourists visiting Iceland. According to the Icelandic Tourist Board, 12,363 Japanese passed through Keflavík International Airport in 2013. This marks a doubling of their numbers since 2011. There are
Acclaimed British film director Mike Leigh has been announced as the Guest of Honour at this year’s Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF), reports RÚV. His newest film Mr. Turner, about the English painter J. M. W. Turner will be screened at the festival which begins on September 25 and runs until October 5. Leigh, who is not short of awards, will add yet another to his collection when he is bestowed a lifetime achievement award for contributions to cinema by Iceland’s President, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. “Mike Leigh has been one of Europe’s leading directors for 25 years and among the best
Yesterday’s volcanic eruption at Holuhraun lasted only 3-4 hours and the aviation code has been downgraded to orange. “It was a small eruption and a small sample of the magma that is moving underground reaching the surface,” geophysics professor Páll Einarsson told RÚV. According to Páll and geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson the eruption was more like an accident and a departure from what was expected. “The magma intrusion strayed unnecessarily close to the surface and some magma came out,” said Páll. Additionally, the Met Office has downgraded the aviation alert from red to orange and the no-fly zone has been reduced