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Harsher Punishment for Stalkers in Iceland

By Yelena

Áslaug Arna
Photo: Golli.

Stalkers could spend as much as four years behind bars, if a bill introduced by the Minister of Justice is passed. The Minister says current legislation falls short in protecting victims of stalking. The changes would entail a new clause added to the current penal code.

Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir told RÚV restraining orders do not provide sufficient protection against stalking, which takes many different forms. “It’s not always the case that the parties know each other or that the conduct directly relates to the clauses in the penal code we have today, such as threats and violence,” she stated. “The conduct can be diverse and we have seen in case law that the provisions that exist today have not been utilised as sufficient protection to protect the right that people can move through society unmolested.”

According to the draft bill, anyone who repeatedly threatens, follows, monitors, or contacts or stalks a person in any other related capacity in order to cause fear or anxiety could be fined or imprisoned for up to four years. The bill also states that stalking can target both someone the perpetrator knows as well as strangers. Stalkers in Iceland have been known to target not only one particular person, but also individuals related to them, such as family, friends, or colleagues.

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