From Iceland — Supreme Court Acquits Man Accused Of Waving Genitals At Police

Supreme Court Acquits Man Accused Of Waving Genitals At Police

Published January 15, 2016

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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A man accused of waving his genitals at police contends he was just urinating outside, and has been acquitted.

The Supreme Court ruling states that, on the night of December 14, 2013, the man in question was seen by police standing outside the Kópavogur nightclub Spot. As the police drove across the club’s parking lot, the accused reportedly waved his penis at officers in a circular motion. When they stopped their car, the officers said, the man then began to stroke his penis in their general direction.

As such, the man was promptly arrested. Last March, he was sentenced to three months in jail by Reykjavík District Court, and he subsequently appealed.

The accused contends he was not waving or stroking his penis at police deliberately, but rather, was urinating outside the club. The waving and stroking motions the officers reported seeing were from the “shaking off” action typically done post-penile urination.

Prosecutors declined to refute this account, and believed his behaviour did not constitute lewd and lascivious conduct that could harm police officers. As such, he has been acquitted of the charges against him.

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