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Reykjavík 9 Ruling: Four Guilty, Five Acquitted

Reykjavík District Court announced its ruling in the case of the so-called Reykjavík 9 who were accused of having attacked the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, during protests in December 2008, this morning. All nine defendants were acquitted of the main charge but four of them were found guilty of rioting while five were acquitted of all charges.

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From the series of protests following the banking collapse in 2008. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Andri Leó Lemarquis was given a four-month conditional prison sentence, Thór Sigurdsson a 60-day conditional prison sentence and Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir and Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir were each fined ISK 100,000 (USD 850, EUR 627) for their participation in the raid, visir.is reports.

Supreme Court lawyer Ragnar Adalsteinsson who represented four of the defendants told visir.is that the ruling is sad, expressing his view that it is regrettable that the first reaction of the courts and state prosecution to the banking collapse is to charge these people.

It is uncertain whether the ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court.

A crowd of people had gathered at the District Court to follow the proceedings and some had to leave because the court room was full.

Click here to read more about the Reykjavík 9.

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