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Government cuts funding to treatment home

By Iceland Review

Minister of Social Affairs Magnús Stefánsson announced at a press conference yesterday that the Icelandic government will stop funding the Christian treatment home Byrgid.

According to a report from the Icelandic National Audit Office made public yesterday, grants received by the management and staff of Byrgid in 2005 and 2006, surpass the amount registered in the treatment home’s accounting and annual financial reports by far. Fréttabladid reports.

The report concludes that two of Byrgid’s managers, Gudmundur Jónsson and Jón A. Einarsson, did not demonstrate sufficiently in the treatment home’s accounting how ISK 9.6 million (EUR 105,244, USD 136,422) granted in 2005 and ISK 12.7 million (EUR 139,229, USD 180,475) granted in 2006 were spent.

Minister of Social Affairs Magnús Stefánsson said at the press conference yesterday, that in light of the National Audit Office’s conclusion it is possible that the finances of Byrgid will be investigated in detail back to 1999.

Gudmundur Jónsson, one of Byrgid’s managers, said he welcomes a further investigation into the finances of the treatment home. “I am not afraid of justice and I know justice wins in the end,” Jónsson told Morgunbladid.

The Christian treatment home Samhjálp will take over the care of the six individuals currently undergoing treatment at Byrgid.

News program Kompás on Channel 2 reported on December 17, 2006 that one of Byrgid’s managers, Gudmundur Jónsson, had abused his position by having sexual relations with women who were being treated for drug addiction at Byrgid.

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