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Iceland to Fight Influx of Crime Gangs

Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson will propose at a cabinet meeting today that the police should be granted increased funding to keep organized crime in Iceland under control and fight both domestic and foreign crime gangs.

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Icelandic Police Officers. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

“The police department has been subject to cutbacks […], which has compromised its work,” the minister explained at a press conference which he held along with the police’s and customs’ senior officers yesterday. “We will now prioritize against violence.”

A bill will be submitted to the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, in the coming days which proposes the police be given increased legal authority in their investigations.

There are indications that organized crime is on the rise in Iceland with growing tension in the criminal world, Morgunbladid reports.

The police stated at yesterday’s press conference that the motorcycle club MC Iceland will gain full membership to Hells Angels next weekend.

Click here to read more about Hells Angels and Iceland.

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