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Dismissed for Distributing Video of Stabbing

By Erik Pomrenke

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Photo: Golli.

The individual responsible for distributing video footage of the recent knife attacks in a downtown Reykjavík nightclub has been relieved from their post, reports RÚV.

Ólafur Þór Hauksson, district prosecutor, confirmed this in a statement to RÚV, and stated that it is not believed the employee in question intended for the video to be distributed so widely. However, since its release one week ago, the video has been shared extensively across social media.

The video in question showed footage from the security cameras in the downtown Reykjavík club as a group of masked men entered the building and stabbed three individuals.

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At the time of the leak, there was concern that the leak of the video could potentially hurt the investigation of the case.

Now, Reykjavík police have concluded their investigation of the matter and consider the case closed.

After the leak, police officer Grímur Grímsson stated that “the video appears to have been recorded with a phone from the computer screen, and it appears to be a police workstation. I think we can say that this has never happened before, that information on an ongoing investigation has been leaked in this way.”

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Presumably, the police were able to trace the workstation back to the relevant employee and conclude the investigation.

Several people are reported to have been questioned on the video and its distribution.

No further information on the responsible individual has been provided, except that they were an employee of the police force. As of Friday, their employment is reported to have been terminated.


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