From Iceland — Internet Rage Leads To Arrest

Internet Rage Leads To Arrest

Published September 12, 2012

A man who repeatedly insulted, harassed and then threatened two police officers through Facebook could now be facing prison for his posts.
It is unknown what provoked the suspect’s rage, but Vísir reports he focused his attentions on two police officers. Over the course of just two days last year, the suspect called one police officer a “fascist”, “disgusting creep”, “child molester”, “murderer”, “cheater” (in the sense of having cheated on his spouse), “mental patient”, “steroid head”, “hugely insane”, “Nazi officer” and “executioner”. He also accused this officer of corruption in connection with a case involving a horse carriage, and of committing violence against a young boy.
The other police officer he described as a “mental patient” and a “rat”, while expressing the wish that he rot in hell, adding that he was a waste of oxygen. He also made unspecified accusations towards the officer.
The state prosecutor considers these remarks defamatory, but the tipping points came when the suspect told the officers that if they did not leave his son alone, he would end up going on a “16-year health retreat to Litla-Hraun” prison – referring to the maximum prison sentence given for murder – while adding that he could retain the services of a foreigner for the task for a sum of money. Prosecutors took this as a death threat.
If found guilty, the suspect could face up to a year in prison.

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