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Hells Angels Leader in Iceland Acquitted for Assault

Einar Marteinsson, former leader of the Hells Angels in Iceland, was acquitted in Reykjanes District Court yesterday on charges of having organized a brutal assault in Hafnarfjörður last year. He has been in custody since January.

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Hafnarfjörður. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

However, four others who have been in custody because of this case were found guilty. Andrea Kristín Unnarsdóttir was given the longest sentence, four and a half years, ruv.is reports.

Jón Ólafsson and Elías Valdimar Jónsson are looking at four years in prison each and Óttar Gunnarsson two and a half years. Elías intends to appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court. The sixth defendant was also acquitted.

When the case surfaced in January the six persons were arrested as part of extensive police operations. They were all considered to be connected with Hells Angels and the assault was believed to be an act of revenge because of a debt.

Three of the defendants were said to have barged into the home of a woman in Hafnarfjörður and attacked her. A fourth person was in her home and let them inside.

Einar was not at the scene but was accused of having organized the assault. He told RÚV that he intends to sue the Icelandic state for damages as he has been kept behind bars for more than six months even though he was innocent.

The prosecutor has yet to decide whether the verdict will be appealed.

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