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Physician Accused of Attempted Murder

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Physician Accused of Attempted Murder

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An Icelandic woman accused of attempted murder in Hungary has been released from her duties as physician at The Health Care Institution of South Iceland (HCISI), RÚV reports. Her defense lawyer claims the case is pure fabrication.

The crime allegedly took place in the summer of 2012. The woman is accused of putting sleeping medicine into the food of a Nigerian female friend and hitting her twice in the head with a hammer when she woke up the following day.

The woman has worked at HCISI for about a year. Last night, the director of HCISI, Herdís Gunnarsdóttir, sent out a press release explaining that at the time of hiring, hospital administrators had been informed that preparation might be underway for charges to be pressed against her in Hungary. They were, however, unaware of the severity of the charges. In light of the information now available, the decision had been made to release the woman from her duties for now.

Ingibjörg Ólöf Vilhjálmsdóttir, the accused’s defense lawyer, maintains the wounds were self-inflicted. “My client regards the story as pure fabrication, so there is no ground for the sequence of events as presented in the charges.”

Ingibjörg describes the case as built on a weak foundation. “The process has been very strange, samples have disappeared, evidence has disappeared. What I‘m referring to now is for example a blood sample. It disappeared from case records and hasn‘t been found since,” she says and adds that there are no witnesses in the case.

Many Icelandic citizens have studied in the Hungarian city of Debrecen in past years. Hungarian media report that an Icelandic woman, who was studying in the city, has been accused of attempted murder.

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