Currently, preliminary hearings are ongoing in the case against Thomas Møller Olsen, the Greenlandic fisherman suspected of killing 20-year-old Birna Brjánsdóttir on January 14. In connection with the court case, ten crew members have been ordered by court authorities to travel to Iceland in order to provide testimonies, reports visir.is.
Birna disappeared on the morning of the 14 from the Reykjavík city centre, and her body was found on Januar 22, after an extensive search in the greater capital area and the south coast. Later, police discovered Birna’s DNA in the trawler Polar Nanoq, where Olsen worked.
Today, the medical examiner in the case will testify on whether he believes Olsen caused the injuries that lead to Birna’s death.
The crew members are obligated by law to testify, but if requested, Icelandic authorities are required to pay their travel costs, estimated at around 100,000 krónas each. However, should Olsen be found guilty the responsibility for payment falls on him.
Main hearings are expected to start in August.