Two Women, One Man in Custody Following Ólafsfjörður Homicide

Fjallabyggð Ólafsfjörður

A judge in North Iceland has approved of week-long custody over three individuals suspected of homicide in Ólafsfjörður Monday, RÚV reports. Four suspects were initially arrested, one of whom has been released.

Police have a rather “clear picture” of events

The police arrested four individuals after a man was found dead in Ólafsfjörður in North Iceland. Responding to a call at 2:34 AM on Monday, the Akureyri police discovered a man in his forties who had been stabbed with a sharp object at a private residence. Following unsuccessful attempts at resuscitation, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ólafsfjörður residents were subsequently invited to the town’s church to light candles and to receive succour from a Red Cross emergency response team. The website of the Fjallabyggð municipality stated that the community was in shock: “In a little community as ours it is near impossible not to be affected when events such as these occur; it’s important to take good care of oneself and one’s closest kin.”

Last night, RÚV reported that one of the four suspects had been released and that a judge at the District Court of Northeast Iceland had approved the police authority’s request for week-long custody over the other three individuals. According to Detective Superintendent Arnfríður Gígja Arngrímsdóttir, the police have a “rather clear picture” of the event, although the investigation is in its initial stages.

Iceland Condemns Annexation of Ukrainian Territories

Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with the Russian ambassador yesterday to condemn Russia’s attempt to annex four Ukrainian provinces, RÚV reports. The Icelandic government will not recognise the absorption of the provinces by Russia.

Staged referendums

Last Friday, Vladimir Putin declared the absorption of four Ukrainian regions – Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia – after results from referendums “showed” that more than 95% of voters wanted to join Russia. “An absurd level of support,” a journalist from the Washington Post writes. Many western countries have condemned the referenda as fake and have refused to recognize Russia’s claim to the provinces.

The Icelandic government has echoed this position, according to a Tweet from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday; Martin Eyjólfsson, Permanent Secretary of State, met with Russian ambassador Mikhail Noskov to express Iceland’s strong disapproval of Russia’s annexation. Minister of Foreign Affairs Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir was not present.