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Extortion Sisters Arrested Again

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Extortion Sisters Arrested Again

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Capital region police arrested the sisters Malín Brand and Hlín Einarsdóttir again yesterday and questioned them in connection to a second charge of extortion leveled against them.

The sisters, who were previously arrested for trying to extort money out of the Prime Minister, were arrested yesterday and interrogated individually until 21.00.

The story was first picked up by Fréttablaðið and RÚV later confirmed with police chief Friðrik Smári Björgvinsson that two people had been arrested on extortion charges and that they had been released after questioning.

Sources claim that Malín and Hlín accused a man of sexual assault against Hlín and pressured him to pay ISK 700,000 (EUR 4,700/USD 5,345). The man requested, and got, a receipt. It was handwritten on Morgunblaðið stationery and is now a piece of evidence in the case.

Malín and Hlín were also arrested on Friday on suspicion of trying to extort money from Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.

The case garnered a lot of public attention, partly because Hlín is a former editor of the popular website bleikt.is and was in a relationship with Björn Ingi Hrafnsson, publisher and one of the main owners of news website pressan.is.

It is believed the sisters’ extortion attempt against the PM centered on his alleged financial ties to Björn Ingi—but both parties have rubbished the claims publicly.

Malín was at one time a journalist for RÚV and has since been working for daily newspaper Morgunblaðið. Both sisters had previously been in the public spotlight for interviews they conducted, looking into the Jehovah’s Witness movement.

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