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Public Prosecutor to Continue Case Against Jónsi of Sigur Rós

The public prosecutor will proceed with the charges of tax fraud against Sigur Rós member Jón Þór Birgisson, also known as Jónsi, reports RÚV.

The members of Sigur Rós were first charged with tax evasion in 2019 for failing to correctly declare income.

Throughout the case, the band have stated that they acted in good faith, submitting their tax income to an accountant who mishandled them.

Read more: Sigur Rós Members Acquitted in Tax Fraud Case

Although charges have been cleared against three other members of Sigur Rós for their personal tax statements, the case against Jónsi has centred around both his personal tax statements and those of his company, Frakkur.

According to a statement by Einar Tryggvason, prosecutor at the State Prosecutor’s Office, an acquittal is being sought in the case of Jón Þór’s personal taxes, but the charges relating to Frakkur still stand.

The charges relate to taxes filed between 2010 and 2014, and could represent up to ISK 146 million (USD 1,002,000; EUR 996,000) of unpaid taxes.

In connection with the case, several properties and vehicles belonging to Jónsi have been seized.

The case against the band was dismissed in May of last year, but an appellate court has since overruled the dismissal. Representatives of the band have been critical of the proceedings and of Icelandic law, saying that Jónsi has now been tried twice for the same crime. Representatives have also pointed towards recent legislation from Alþingi, which has prohibited double jeopardy.

 

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