Davið Örn Bjarnason has been released from prison in Turkey according to the representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who was dispatched yesterday to oversee the Icelander´s case. The 28-year-old will have to remain in Turkey through to the 25th of April, Vísir reports. Davið has been held in prison in Antalya, Turkey since last Friday when a 20cm piece of stone was found in his luggage that authorities believed was an antique, and so they held the Icelander on suspicion of attempting to smuggle antiquities from the country. Davið and his girlfriend, Þóra Björg Birgisdóttir, were vacationing in the Turkish town and were attempting to board their return flight to Sweden, where they reside with their three children, when they were apprehended. Þóra was released shortly thereafter and made to board a departing flight. Smuggling antiques is considered a very serious offense in Turkey and carries the punishment of many year imprisonment. Related: Icelander Won’t Be Seen By Turkish Court This Week Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sent Representative To Assist Icelander In Turkish Prison Icelandic Man Still In Police Custody In Turkey Icelandic Man Arrested in Turkey
Music teachers are striking, since today, Wednesday. Negotiations A between the Association of Music School Teachers (FT) with the Association of Local Authorities, have reportedly failed, leading to 93% of FT’s 500 members voting in favor of strike-action. Interviewed by RÚV, Sigrún Grendal, FT Chair, said that the teachers’ clear, common goal was terms and conditions comparable to those of teachers in other institutes within the school system. She said that music teachers are currently far away from that goal. According to the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, there are 89 active music schools in Iceland.
The Icelandic police force will soon be adding MP5 machine guns and Glock 17 semiautomatics to their arsenals. DV first reported on the matter early this morning. MBL reports that a “substantial number” of MP5 machine guns are in the hands of the police force, apart from the Glock handguns. While it was initially reported that these guns were bought from Norway, and that squad cars are now equipped with them, neither of these contentions are true. The guns are, however, in possession of the police force. The Ministry of the Interior – which oversees the police – posted an
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled in favour of Icelandic journalist Erla Hlynsdóttir in her case against the Icelandic state. Vísir reports the court found that the human rights of Erla Hlynsdóttir (shown on the right) were violated when the Supreme Court sentenced her to pay damages to the wife of Guðmundur Jónsson, who used to run the notorious rehab Byrgið. Specifically, Erla was sentenced to pay damages for a quote she included in a news article she wrote about the rehab, which was shut down in 2007 after allegations of fraud and sexual abuse came to
Residents of Höfn are being advised to stay indoors as SO2 levels from the Holuhraun eruption reach uncomfortable levels. The Icelandic Met Office reports exceptionally high levels of sulphur dioxide from the Holuhraun eruption washing over the southeast corner of the country. Höfn (pop. 2,166) is the most populated municipality in the area, where SO2 levels reached as high as 1.8 ppm, or about 5100 µg/m3. MBL reports that residents were sent text messages advising them to stay indoors, close their windows, turn up their heaters and be alert for signs of SO2 poisoning. Over the next 48 hours, the
A team of Icelandic bomb squad technicians may have found US-produced mustard gas in Iraq, during the 2003-invasion. This was reported by RÚV’s Kastljós, following last week’s coverage in the New York Times, of chemical weapons actually found during the invasion, but treated as classified due to their origins on the one hand, and relative harmlessness, compared with the hypothetical weapons declared to be in the hands of dictator Saddam Hussein in the advent of the invasion. “Old chemical munitions” In 2003, the Icelandic bomb squad’s discovery of potential chemical weapon warheads was covered on the front page of newspaper
Pirate MP Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson registered the domain Guðlast.is, translatable as blasphemy.is, to point out what he claims is mistaken reasoning behind ISNIC’s closure of the Islamic State’s .is domain. Vísir quotes Helgi Hrafn as saying: “I wanted to show that if people wanted to refer to the country’s legislation as grounds for banning certain domains, they must realize that incredible things are forbidden in this country, for example blasphemy.” In its current form the website merely quotes the penalty law article on blasphemy: “Whoever publicly mocks or derides articles of faith or divine worship of a religious group legally