From Iceland — Escaped Prisoner In Iceland Catches Plane To Sweden With Prime Minister

Escaped Prisoner In Iceland Catches Plane To Sweden With Prime Minister

Published April 18, 2018

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Art Bicnick

A man who escaped from a minimum security prison in Iceland managed to catch a flight to Sweden, by sheer chance sharing a plane with Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

The fugitive in question, Sindri Þór Stefánsson, was being held at the minimum security prison Sogn, a rather unassuming building in south Iceland, under suspicion of being involved in a massive computer theft earlier this year. Sindri reportedly climbed out of one of the windows and made a break for it.

People do occasionally break out of prison in Iceland, but they usually do not get very far, on account of it being an island nation with an unforgiving wilderness. Sindri, however, managed to accomplish the unheard of.

Police report that Sindri, using an assumed identity, boarded a plane for Sweden yesterday morning. Swedish police have been contacted to to help in their search for the fugitive.

By complete coincidence, RÚV reports, another passenger on the flight was none other than the Prime Minister. Other passengers reporters spoke with said they noticed nothing unusual during the flight, apart from the fact that Katrín was flying coach.

Páll Winkel, the Director of the Icelandic Prison Service, told RÚV that there were no indications that Sindri was a flight risk.

Sindri remains at large at the time of this writing.


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