The police authorities have concluded their investigation into two men suspected of plotting a domestic terror plot, Vísir reports. The district attorney’s office will decide whether or not to bring charges against the two suspects over the coming days.
Remained in custody for ten weeks
Four Icelandic men were arrested on September 21 suspected of “terrorist plots” against state institutions and civilians. Two of the suspects were immediately released; the other two have remained in custody for the past ten weeks and will remain in custody until next week, at least.
Speaking to Vísir earlier today, District Attorney Ólafur Þór Hauksson stated that the police authorities had investigated whether the two men were, on the one hand, guilty of violating the General Penal Code on terrorism and, on the other hand, guilty of perpetrating firearms offences. It is not clear at this time whether the two men will be indicted and, if so, when. According to Ólafur, a decision will be made before long.
Last week, a judge extended custody over the two suspects for two weeks; they had already been held in custody for nine weeks. One of the suspects’ lawyers appealed the decision last week, but the Court of Appeals confirmed the decision, Ólafur stated. No decision has been made on whether or not a petition for extended custody will be filed.
As noted in Vísir’s article, the two men are not the only individuals connected to the case that will possibly be charged with weapons offences.
As noted in a police press conference in September, the suspects had hoarded numerous weapons – including dozens of semi-automatic guns and 3D-printed components – alongside a considerable amount of ammunition. The men, both of whom are in their twenties, had reportedly discussed targeting various political figures. They had also discussed carrying out an attack during the police’s annual celebration.