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Sister Gives First Interview since Extortion Attempt

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Sister Gives First Interview since Extortion Attempt

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Hlín Einarsdóttir, who has admitted to trying to extort money from Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, has told reporters that Malín brand, her sister, lied about having been innocent and an unwitting participant when she drove her sister to collect the money. Hlín says that Malín actively took part in the plot from beginning to end.

In an interview with DV, Hlín says that the two sisters have not spoken to one another since the case hit the headlines. Hlín admitted to the paper that she has been suffering from psychological issues and was locked in a psychiatric ward for a week after her arrest. She said she wishes she could take everything she did back again.

When talking of the event itself, Hlín says she and Malín wrote the threatening letter to the PM on Thursday May 28 and addressed it to his wife, believing that it would be more likely to reach him that way than if it had been dealt with by his assistants or secretary.

The following evening she says the sisters sat in a car and watched the prime ministerial car pull up and its driver deposit a bag at the allotted place and time, then drive away. It is not clear whether the driver was a policeman or not.

The sisters then waited for a whole hour before Hlín approached the bag, making sure to check there were no cars or people in sight.

All of a sudden, she says, it was like the moss and the rocks came to life and she was surrounded by armed police, commanding her to get “Down, down, down!”

Both have admitted guilt in the case of having threatened to reveal “sensitive information” to the media about the PM’s financial ties to Björn Ingi Hrafnsson and his recent purchase of DV. Such documents never came to light and the Prime Minister brought the case to public attention himself.

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