Icelandic State Pays Damages to Pregnant Woman Who Was Deported

The Icelandic state has paid damages to an Albanian asylum seeker who was deported from the country in her ninth month of pregnancy. The woman was deported in November 2019, then 26 years old, along with her husband and two-year-old son despite having a medical certificate stating that “a long flight would be difficult for her.” The woman’s lawyer told Vísir her client is relieved at the outcome and hopes it will prevent the Icelandic state from putting other women’s health and safety at risk, as well as that of their unborn children.

Doctor broke the law in issuing certificate

Despite having a certificate from the National University Hospital stating she had back problems and that a long flight would be difficult for her, the woman was deported on the basis of a second medical certificate procured by police. The woman asserts that she was never examined by the doctor who signed this second certificate.

The deportation was protested at the time it occurred, with the Directorate of Health launching an investigation into the deportation procedure to determine whether it violated health regulations. The Directorate of Health eventually ruled that the doctor who signed the second certificate broke laws applying to healthcare workers and patient rights.

State acknowledges liability

Claudia Ashanie Wilson, the woman’s lawyer, confirmed that the Icelandic state had recognised its liability in the case. She spoke with her client two days ago, and says the woman was relieved that the Icelandic state had acknowledged that it had violated her rights in deporting her when she was nearly 36 weeks pregnant. She declined to state the amount that was paid to the woman.

“This incident will hopefully make the Icelandic authorities reflect and ensure the humane treatment of those individuals who apply for international protection here in Iceland. We seem to forget sometimes that these are people, individuals like us, who are in great need,” Claudia stated.

Man Shot to Death in Reykjavík

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A man in his 30s was shot to death in east Reykjavík on Saturday night. One man is in custody in relation to the incident. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Reykjavík Capital Area Police received notice of an injured man in east Reykjavík at 11.57pm on Saturday night. Response teams attempted to revive the man on the scene and later transported him to the National University Hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

A notice from police stated that injuries caused by firearms were found on the man’s body. An investigation is ongoing and was stated to be a “top priority” for police.

Vísir reports that the victim was an Albanian national and resident of Iceland. He was married to an Icelandic woman and they were expecting their second child. The suspect in custody is a foreign national. The death is believed to be connected to some sort of “settlement” in the criminal underworld, according to Vísir.

Iceland Wins Euro Qualifier Against Albania, 1-0

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The Icelandic National Men’s football team won its Euro 2020 qualifying match against Albania on Saturday, with a final score of 1-0, mbl.is reports. Iceland earned three points as a result of the win.

Although Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, who scored the winning goal during the 22’ minute, admitted to Vísir that the game “wasn’t pretty,” he and his teammates were thrilled with the result, which brought Iceland up to six points in the group. Albanian coach Edoardo Reja didn’t mince words when asked about the final score, however, saying that Iceland’s win was “undeserved,” and that it was the kind of match in which the team that scored first was likely to come out the victor.

“As I’ve said many times, Icelanders are very strong physically – particularly in the air – and as such, Albania kept the ball mostly on its own half of the pitch and tried to find a hole in Iceland’s defense. That would have been possible if the game had evolved differently. But then we made terrible mistakes in our defense, such that three players were like bowling pins – just stood there and did nothing but make horrible mistakes. It was that kind of game – where the team that scored first was more likely to come out victorious.”

The match was a scrappy one, with Iceland on the receiving end of more fouls than Albania. When asked if his team had played a rough game, Reja replied that it was “…a hard game, but football is a hard game” and moreover that he thought that Iceland’s players had a tendency to dive rather easily.

Regardless of how elegant the match was (or wasn’t), Johann Berg reiterated that it was an important one for Iceland to win, both in terms of the points earned and the expectations it sets for Iceland in the long term.

“Everyone’s been saying that we’re old, tired, and the game wasn’t sold out, which is unusual for us. We were determined to win the match.”

Iceland is currently in third place in their qualifying group, on six points. Turkey is in first place with nine and France is in second with six. The team’s next match will be against Turkey on June 11.