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State to pay compensation for lost ear

The Icelandic state has to pay ISK 600,000 (EUR 6,600, USD 8,700) in compensation to a man who lost a part of his right ear in a fight in downtown Reykjavík in 2004, as announced this weekend.

It is not known who bit part of the man’s ear off, and according to Fréttabladid, in such cases the state is held liable for damages.

The state argued that it should not have to pay compensation as the man in question may have started the fight, but the court ruled in the man’s favor.

However, the man did not get as much compensation as the ISK 1.4 million (EUR 14,500, USD 20,300) he had originally demanded.

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