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Icelandic Prisoner in Faroe Islands Transferred

Icelandic citizen Birgir Páll Marteinsson, who was arrested for participation in major drug smuggling and sentenced to seven years in prison in the Faroe Islands in April, will arrive in Iceland on Thursday where he will serve the remainder of his sentence.

“With the assistance of good people we have succeeded [in transferring Marteinsson to Iceland], and we can be very thankful for Eidur Gudnason, the consul to Iceland in the Faroe Islands,” Marteinsson’s grandfather Hendrik Tausen told Fréttabladid.

Marteinsson will be transferred to Iceland according to special laws on the completion of penal sentences, which state that Icelandic law is valid for prisoners transferred to Iceland. A decision on probation when the time comes will therefore be made according to the Icelandic penal code.

Marteinsson was transferred to a prison in Copenhagen on May 6 (the Faroe Islands are under Danish rule).

“He has been alone in a cell and fairly content but impatient about returning home and being able to focus on rehabilitation and doing something worthwhile. We are all thrilled,” Tausen said.

Marteinsson’s long stay in solitary confinement in the Faroe Islands while his case was being investigated has been criticized by many, including Iceland’s Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir.

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