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Infamous Icelandic Murder Case to Be Reviewed

ogmundur-jonasson_radherraMinister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson has appointed a three-person task force to review the Gudmundur and Geirfinnur murder case as announced today.

In 1980, a group of people were found guilty of being accomplices to the murders of Gudmundur and Geirfinnur Einarsson (they were not related in spite of having the same surname) who went missing in 1974. Their bodies were never found.

The task force, comprised of lawyers Arndís Soffía Sigurdardóttir and Haraldur Steinthórsson, along with psychologist Dr. Jón Fridrik Sigurdsson, is to hand in their conclusions by the end of April, reports.

They are to conduct an overall reviewing of the case and of particular aspects concerning its investigation and execution. Recent evidence is to be taken into account.

In a progress report they are to recommend whether and which measures should be taken for the continued reviewing of the case. The task force will be able to call for consultancy from specialists if they consider it necessary.

According to Fréttabladid, the Gudmundur and Geirfinnur murder case is the most infamous in Icelandic criminal history, not least because of accusations that the defendants suffered harsh treatment in custody and were forced to confess.

When the main alleged perpetrator, Saevar Ciesielski passed away in July this year, the case was once again brought into the spotlight. Ciesielski attempted in vain to have the case reopened in 1996.

It has been covered extensively in the news of television channel Stöd 2 in the past days in connection with diaries written by another of the defendants, Tryggvi Rúnar Leifsson, while in custody. He passed away in 2009.

Court psychologist Gísli Gudjónsson has commented that the diaries give reason for reopening the case.


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