Man In Custody in Connection With Attack on Mayor’s Car

Dagur B Eggertsson Reykjavík Mayor

A man in his 50s was taken into custody on Saturday in connection with an armed attack on Reykjavík Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson’s car, RÚV reports. The mayor and his family were not in the car at the time the incident occurred but Dagur says the incident has caused difficult emotions. Investigation into the case is ongoing.

Two men have been declared defendants in the case, which involved bullets fired at Dagur’s family car as well as at a Social-Democratic Alliance office (the political party to which the Mayor belongs). One of the men was released after questioning while the other was kept in custody. The custody order expires today and it is unclear whether detectives will apply for an extension.

Threats to Politicians and Journalists Should be Made Public

In a TV interview yesterday, Dagur stated that his wife and children have responded stoically to the incident. “But of course it causes difficult feelings. It’s uncertainty and stress, and you find yourself, we all do, looking out the window a little differently while there is still uncertainty in all of this.”

Dagur says he and his family have received an outpouring of support following the incident. “But I notice that people in politics and the media and elsewhere have contacted me and told me stories about being threatened.” In most of the cases, says Dagur, the victim decided against making the story public. “I think it’s important that we discuss this. I think many people experience that harshness and angry rhetoric has increased. They are maybe also more visible due to social media and other things,” Dagur stated.

Mayor Felt Targeted By Video

Less than two months prior to the attack on the mayor’s car, interest group Björgum miðbænum (En: Let’s Save Downtown) released a video accusing Dagur of bribery and corruption. The video, which showed the mayor’s home in downtown Reykjavík, accused him of “attacking the family car” by removing public parking on his own street while simultaneously purchasing three parking spots for himself from the city. The video, narrated by Centre Party City Councillor Vigdís Hauksdóttir, also claimed that the cost of converting the parking lot into a pedestrian plaza had cost ISK 657 million ($5.1 million/€4.2 million). The City of Reykjavík has since issued a notice refuting these claims, stating that the plaza in fact cost ISK 60.6 million ($468,000/€387,000) to build and the small parking lot next to Dagur’s house has been in private ownership for decades.

Bolli Kristinsson, one of the video’s creators, apologised for the video on social media yesterday, saying that although “most [of the video’s claims] are correct […] one serious error has appeared, that Dagur B. Eggertsson had bought three parking spaces from the city in a private sale.” Bolli did not comment on the cost of the plaza. The video has since been taken down. Police have not found any causal link between the video and the attack on the mayor’s car at this point.