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Attorney General Unfit to Handle Case of Protestors

Attorney General Valtýr Sigurdsson proved unfit to handle the case against nine protestors who barged into the Althingi parliamentary building in December 2008, as it turned out that one of the parliamentary guards who suffered injuries during the raid is his wife’s half-sister.

From the series of protests in the autumn of 2008. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Yesterday, Minister of Justice Ragna Árnadóttir appointed Supreme Court advocate Lára V. Júlíusdóttir as acting attorney general in the case of the nine protestors, who are being charged for a number of violations, Fréttabladid reports.

According to, the raid resulted in a struggle between the group of protestors, parliamentary guards and police officers. Five parliamentary guards were injured, one of them permanently.

The political party the Movement requested last week that Helgi Bernódusson, the office manager of Althingi, withdraw the charges against the group of protestors, who, they argue, were only tending to their civic duty.

Supreme Court advocate Sveinn Andri Sveinsson commented in a column on that the movement’s request is “adventurously stupid.”

The case opened in Reykjavík District Court on January 21 but has now been postponed until February 9.

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