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Man Released but Under Travel Ban

The man who was taken into custody on July 23 on suspicion of having knowingly infected women in Iceland with HIV was yesterday released. He has been held in isolation at Litla-Hraun prison, his lawyer Þuríður Sigurjónsdóttir told Vísir.

The man is under a travel ban until September 16. His lawyer is appealing the ban at the High Court today. “The man has been in isolation for four weeks and there are grounds for the police to close the case,” she said.

The man has maintained his innocence since the beginning, she added. “My client has maintained his innocence from day one. He had no idea that he was infected with the virus before he received a call from the doctor.”

The case is still under investigation by police in cooperation with an epidemiologist. Investigators are trying to determine, among other things, whether the man knew he was infected with the virus and therefore whether he knowingly infected others, Vísir reports.

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