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Reykjavík ‘Bomber’ Acquitted

Charges brought against a 72-year old man who detonated a bomb on Hverfisgata, close to the government offices, in downtown Reykjavík in January have been dropped.

policecar_psArchive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

At the time, the bomb squads of the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police and the Icelandic Coast Guard were called to the scene and a large area in the city center was cordoned off. No damage was caused to person or property.

The suspect was arrested ten days after the incident and police issued a statement saying that the man’s intent was not to cause harm but to convey a certain message to the government.

According to vice-state attorney Helgi Magnús Gunnarsson, there was insufficient evidence to prove intent to cause harm in the case, Fréttablaðið reports.

“It was not possible to demonstrate intent to cause harm. It is a fact that the so-called bomb exploded next to him but there are neither signs of injuries to him nor damage to the road,” he said.

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January 31 Bomb in Reykjavík, City Center Closed

February 13 Hverfisgata Bomber: I Wanted to Send a Message


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