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Attorney Seeks Second Dismissal in Domestic Terrorism Case

During a preliminary hearing yesterday, the defence attorney of one of the defendants in a domestic terrorism case challenged the validity of a new 64-count indictment, citing lack of detail and failure to link his client to terrorist planning, RÚV reports. Both defendants deny terrorist intent and are seeking case dismissal on grounds of double jeopardy.

New 64-count indictment presented in June

Last year, four Icelandic men were arrested suspected of “terrorist plots” against state institutions and civilians. Two of the suspects were immediately released, while the other two were kept in custody for an extended period of time. Although the initial case was dismissed in February, a new 64-count indictment was presented in June.

During a preliminary hearing yesterday, Sveinn Andri Sveinsson, the defence attorney for Sindri Snær Birgisson (one of the defendants in the case), submitted a statement challenging the district prosecutor’s indictment, RÚV reports. Sveinn Andri argued that the indictment contained significant flaws, lacking details about the alleged terrorist activities, such as the location, timing, and nature of the planned act.

Sveinn Andri also contended that the indictment failed to establish a link between Sindri Snær’s communications and any terrorist planning. He also questioned the classification of firearm production for sale as a preparatory terrorist activity.

As noted by RÚV, both defendants vehemently deny any intent to commit terrorism but acknowledge some weapons-related offences. They seek case dismissal, arguing that a second trial would violate the European Convention on Human Rights’ ban on double jeopardy. As a fallback, Sindri seeks acquittal or, at minimum, the lightest possible sentence due to his youth and clean criminal record.

The judge noted that the defence’s statement was exceptionally comprehensive. The defence for co-defendant Ísidór Nathansson has until September 14 to submit its own report, with the main trial expected to start in mid-December.

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