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Former Hells Angel Gets Damages from Icelandic State

Reykjavík District Court ruled last week that the Icelandic state is obligated to pay Einar ‘Boom’ Marteinsson, former leader of the Hells Angels in Iceland, ISK 150,000 (USD 1,200, EUR 906) in damages because his phone was tapped in 2009 without it leading to a conviction.

districtcourtReykjavík District Court.

At the time, Einar was vice-chair of the motorcycle club Fáfnir, which was striving for full membership to Hells Angels, widely classified as a crime organization, Fréttablaðið reports. That goal was achieved in 2011.

The police obtained a court order for tapping Einar’s phone in February 2009 on the grounds that he was suspected of intending to import an extensive amount of drugs to the country.

The police reasoned that drug import was Fáfnir’s main source of income and that the club intended to take over the entire drug market in Iceland.

However, the phone tapping did not prove anything. In the verdict it is not considered illegal but because the case was dismissed the state is obligated to pay damages.

Einar, who retired as leader of the Hells Angels in Iceland earlier this year, described his experience of the phone tapping before the court as if “he had been raped.”

In June, Einar was acquitted for assault.

Click here to read about other cases related to the Hells Angels in Iceland.

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