The Polish Consulate in Iceland is waiting for a list from the Icelandic police of the Polish citizens who have been arrested in the past weeks, suspected of being part of a crime circle responsible for a number of break-ins in the capital region.
Icelandic police officers. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
Consul Michal Gierwatowski explained to Fréttabladid that the consulate intends to inform the Polish police authorities and justice system of the names on the list and of the crimes they allegedly committed. Their families will also be notified.
This way, the Polish police can inform their counterparts in Iceland as to whether the suspects have a criminal history in Poland, although the Icelandic police are likely to call for such information themselves.
Gierwatowski said that although Icelandic prisons, which are currently facing a housing crisis, may not be prepared to facilitate Polish criminals, they must serve their sentence in the country where the crime was committed, according to law.
“At least to begin with, but later, after a few years, Icelandic authorities can decide to deport them and have them finish their sentences in Poland,” Gierwatowski said.
In an interview with Polish news website Wirtualna Polska yesterday, Gierwatowski mentioned that the suspects had only recently arrived in Iceland.
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