A man who earlier this year posted photos of himself posing with weapons and explosives on Facebook has been formally charged, and has plead innocent.
As reported, last February a 29-year-old Icelandic man posted photos of himself with guns, knives and pipe bombs on Facebook. He also included photos of a fish crate he blew up.
Due to the serious nature of the arsenal, the special police force – the Viking Squad – was sent to the man’s home in Suðurnes to arrest him. Upon storming his home, the man allegedly threatened the police with a knife, but he was soon overtaken and arrested.
Police found in the suspect’s home gunpowder, wires, and lead, one completed pipe bomb, numerous knives, and a .22 calibre pistol. It later came to light that the gun – known as a “sheep gun” for its typical purpose of slaughtering livestock – was reported stolen in 2006.
Vísir now reports the man has been formally charged with having no permit for the weapons, for not keeping them in his home in what is considered a safe and legal fashion, and for possessing what he knew was a stolen weapon.
For his part, the suspect denies all the charges against him without further explanation.
The suspect has crossed paths with police in the past. In 2004, he was arrested as part of a notorious gang in Keflavík, known for burglary and selling stolen items for drugs. He received a 14-month sentence for his part in the gang.
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