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Former jail bird supported by Crowe?

By Iceland Review

A private advertisement encouraging people to vote for former inmate and MP Árni Johnsen in the south Iceland’s primary last weekend featured Australian actor Russel Crowe as one of his supporters.

In an interview with, Johnsen said he had not realized that the man in the ad was a world-famous actor; he had thought Russel Crowe was a seaman from Grindavík in southwest Iceland.

Johnsen added that the designer of the advertisement had probably inserted the celebrity’s picture as a joke.

Johnsen, who was convicted on charges of fraud and embezzlement in 2003 and sentenced to two years in prison, decided to run for the second seat of the Independence Party in the constituency of south Iceland.

Johnsen’s past was not held against him in last week’s elections, as he was elected by 2,656 votes last weekend and is now on his way back to parliament, as reported in Fréttabladid.

To read more about Árni Johnsen, click here.

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