The former service director for Isavia, the national airport and air navigation service provider of Iceland, has been found guilty of accepting bribes in connection with the company’s purchase of tickets in the airport parking lot. RÚV reports that on Friday, the Court of Appeal overturned the previous ruling of the Reykjavík District Court in the case, which had found the service director guilty of fraud and money laundering, but not of accepting bribes.
As a result of Friday’s ruling, the service director also received a longer sentence: 15 months instead of 9 months, although 12 of these were suspended.
When the district prosecutor argued the case two years ago, the service director was said to have accepted roughly ISK 3.5 million [$27,110; €23,418] in bribes. The CEO of a tech company that sold Isavia parking tickets was also charged and said to have made a profit of ISK 4.5 million [$34,856; €30,110]. Friday’s ruling determined, however, that the former service director abused his position at Isavia to obtain illegal profits.
Both men were ordered to pay Isavia just over ISK 8 million [$61,963; €53,526]. Their assets were seized, and the proceeds of those seizures will be used to pay damages owed to Isavia.