From Iceland — Minister's Phone Data Left Unexamined, Out Of Respect

Minister’s Phone Data Left Unexamined, Out Of Respect

Published November 28, 2014

Vice State Prosecutor Helgi Magnús Gunnarsson says that data about the former Minister of the Interior’s phone communication was not examined during the police investigation of the Ministry’s leak of confidential documents in November 2013. This was in response to inquiries made by DV. The official says that the Capital Area Police department took this decision, out of respect for Hanna Birna’s position as Minister, at the time. He claims not to be not aware of the Police having discussed this with the Minister, during the investigation.

The Police examined data concerning the phone usage of seven Ministry employees, including the Minister’s two assistants, one of which earlier this month confessed to, and was subsequntly found guilty for, the breach of trust.

The State Prosecutor, Sigríður Friðjónsdóttir, has said that the investigation focused on the assistant, Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, since early on. The decision not to examine the Minister’s phone data had thus been made according to the principle of moderation.

Alþingi’s Ombudsman currently investigates the former Minister’s alleged interference in the Police investigation.

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