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Former Cop Suspected of Shooting at Mayor’s Car

By Yelena

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The man currently in custody under suspicion of having shot at Reykjavík Mayor’s car and party office is a former police officer, Fréttablaðið has reported through confirmed sources. According to the paper, the man is named Hallur Gunnar Erlingsson and was convicted for sexual offences against three young girls in 2003.

The man served an 18-month prison sentence for the crimes and was released in 2005. He received “restored honour” in 2010, an Icelandic legal procedure that has since been abolished. While restored honour was not equivalent to a pardon, it restored certain privileges to convicted criminals, such as the ability to hold government jobs. Hallur was served a two-day custody order on Saturday, which was later extended until this Friday, with police sources stating he was considered “dangerous.”

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The investigation, initially begun by Capital Area Police, has been taken over by District Attorney’s Office and the crime has been classified as an offence against government authority. A second man was initially arrested in the case but was released after questioning. Police confiscated a significant amount of firearms from that man’s home.

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