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Photo: In 2019, Stundin published the accounts of four women who said they’d been sexually harassed by Jón Baldvin.

Used Ambassador’s Position to Send Daughter to Mental Institution

Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson’s daughter, Aldís Schram, has revealed that Jón Baldvin repeatedly requested that she be placed in a mental institution, RÚV reports. In the letters requesting this, Jón Baldvin used official ambassador’s stationery as well as signing his letters to Icelandic ministries as ambassador, according to his daughter Aldís Schram.

Aldís Schram revealed this in a radio interview this morning on radio show Morgunútvarpið on Rás 2. Her account has also been partially confirmed by documents in possession of The National Broadcast Service, to which Rás 2 belongs. They have letters written by Jón Baldvin, official letters from his time as Iceland’s ambassador in Washington, and in other instances he signs the letters as ambassador.

According to Aldís, she was forcibly interned in a mental institution for the first time in 1992, when Jón Baldvin was Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. This took place shortly after she threatened her father with legal action due to his sexual harassment. In the following ten years, Aldís was forcibly interned five times at Jón Baldvin’s request.

At least one of the five cases was forcible internment where police and doctors barged into Aldís’s home. The matter was registered officially in the police report as assistance to a foreign embassy.

Aldís stated the case in 1992 took place after she talked to her father about sexual harassment against a former classmate of hers. Her classmate had told Aldís that she had woken up to Jón Baldvin sexually harassing her. Aldís believes that talk led to the first time Jón talked to authorities.

“From then on, as then Minister of Foreign Affairs and later ambassador, he seemed to be able to simply call the police and then I was arrested. Immediately I was taken to a mental institution, where I did not receive an interview. It’s incredible to read the statements of these psychiatrists. They revolve around my imagination and misconceptions I have when I’m angry at my father,” Lilja stated in the interview.

Aldís has stated for years that Jón Baldvin has abused women sexually, including her. A Metoo group was recently founded for Jón Baldvin’s victims, where serious allegations have been put forward.

Iceland Review covered the accounts, which included Jón Baldving sending explicit letters to his niece along with at least twelve women accusing Jón Baldvin of sexual harassment.

Medical records confirmed

Aldís’s family has long stated that she is mentally ill and that her accounts should not be believed. She recently obtained a doctor’s certificate which proves she does not have manic depression, as Stundin reported. In fact, the certificate states that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder which may possibly be traced to sexual harassment.

Aldís stated she is determined to have authorities confirm that the actions were violating her human rights.

Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson was Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1988 and 1995, as well as Minister of Finance between 1987-88. He sat as a Member of Parliament between 1982 to 1998. Later, he served as Iceland’s ambassador to the United States and Finland.

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