Sindri Þór Stefánsson, who was arrested in Amsterdam after fleeing an Icelandic prison last week, has been sentenced to 19 days in custody, RÚV reports. The ruling was made in Amsterdam, where the court’s public relations officer would not reveal where Sindri would be held.
Sindri Þór escaped from a low-security prison in Southwest Iceland on 17 April and fled to Sweden by plane. He was being held on suspicion for his alleged part in a robbery of 600 computers which were specially fitted for Bitcoin mining.
Sindri’s custody order had expired on 16 April, the day before his escape. He appeared in court that same day, where a judge delayed a ruling on whether to prolong Sindri’s custody. According to Sindri, prison staff informed him he was technically free to travel until a ruling was made. “I was forced to sign a paper that said I was free to travel but if I left I would be put in a prison cell until the extension of custody was approved,” Sindri said in a statement released last week. Sindri’s lawyer is attempting to obtain the document, which is currently in the hands of prison authorities.
“I was put in isolation, as a punishment, because they didn’t find the stolen goods. Without proof,” Sindri writes in his statement. “I want this to be appealed to the European Court of Human Rights.”