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Comments of former Foreign Minister investigated

The comments of former Foreign Minister Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson about the former Chief of Police in Reykjavík, Sigurjón Sigurdsson, will be taken under official investigation as ruled in the Supreme Court this week.

The Supreme Court confirmed the ruling of Reykjavík District Court that Hannibalsson’s comments are subject to an official investigation. Fréttabladid reports.

In an interview on national broadcaster RÚV on October 10 2006, Hannibalsson called the former Chief of Police Sigurjón Sigurdsson, who has passed away, “the infamous Chief of Police.” Sigurdsson’s descendants decided to sue Hannibalsson for his comments.

In the Supreme Court’s ruling it says that Hannibalsson’s comments insulted and hurt the reputation of a man that had served as an official and that his closest relatives have the right to ask for an official investigation.

This ruling does not conclude whether Hannibalsson is guilty of defamation or not.

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