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Dozens of Violent Debt Collectors in Iceland

Police intervened with about 200 individuals in specialized actions against debt collectors in 2005 and 2006 on behalf of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police. Dozens of people were arrested as a result. Further actions may be needed.

Jón F. Bjartmarz, chief constable at the National Commissioner, told Fréttabladid that there is a reason for further police action in this field.

The victims of debt collectors are often so frightened that they do not report on attacks under their real names and do not seek police assistance.

Bjartmarz said the police actions against debt collectors in 2005 and 2006 had been successful; dozens of drug cases were solved as a consequence and in many cases bludgeons and other weapons were confiscated.

“We intervened with some of the same individuals in more than one case. It is known that these men do not give up and continue with their actions despite police intervention,” Bjartmarz said.

According to Bjartmarz there have not been coordinated actions of this kind for two years. “I believe that there is full reason to do this regularly.”

Fréttabladid’s sources have revealed that it is a misunderstanding that debt collectors are only involved with drugs; the problem is more extensive and other types of debt are also involved.

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