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Youngsters Charged for Burning Ancient Church

Four young individuals have been charged with the arson of the wooden countryside church Krýsuvíkurkirkja, which was built in 1857 and had been under preservation for 20 years, in southwest Iceland in the early hours of January 2, 2010.



According to the charge filed by the State Prosecutor, the youngsters, two men born in 1990 and two women born in 1993, poured gasoline over the church’s interior and set it aflame. The church was completely destroyed in the fire, Fréttabladid reports.

The defendants are also facing charges for theft of ISK 4,000 (USD 34, EUR 25) from the church’s collection box.

Three of the four charged attended the opening of the case in Reykjavík District Court yesterday. The defendants accepted an extension to take a position to the charges. According to the newspaper’s sources, they have not confessed to all charges.

Krýsuvíkurkirkja was one of the country’s smallest churches. It belonged to the National Museum of Iceland’s collection of buildings and the museum is filing for damages worth approximately ISK 8.7 million (USD 74,000, EUR 54,000) from the defendants.

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