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Leak Affair: Minister’s Assistant Wants Dismissal of Case

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Leak Affair: Minister’s Assistant Wants Dismissal of Case

Former assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir.

Gísli Freyr Valdórsson.

Former assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, who has been charged with leaking confidential information to the media, is demanding that the court case against him, filed at Reykjavík District Court yesterday, be dismissed.

A statement issued by Gísli’s lawyer harshly criticizes the police’s investigation into the leak—concerning a memo containing personal information about asylum seeker Tony Omos—accusing the police of intentionally framing Gísli, ruv.is reports.

The statement reasons that not only is the police’s investigation faulty but also the charge, as a detailed description of the alleged leaking of the memo is not included. Instead, Gísli is being charged with being in breach of confidentiality as a minister’s assistant.

In addition to Omos, two women were named in the leaked memo. At the filing of the court case yesterday, the prosecution submitted a damages claim worth a total of ISK 7 million (USD 59,000, EUR 47,000) on behalf of the two women.

A 14-person list of witnesses was presented at the occasion. The list includes Hanna Birna, her assistant Þórey Vilhjálmsdóttir, the ministry’s undersecretary Ragnhildur Hjaltadóttir, substitute MP Mörður Árnason, journalist at DV Jón Bjarki Magnússon, blogger Einar Steingrímsson, lawyers working at the ministry and four police officers.

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