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Interior Minister Apologizes to Leak Affair Victims

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Interior Minister Apologizes to Leak Affair Victims

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

A letter of apology from the Ministry of the Interior, signed by former interior minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir and undersecretary Ragnhildur Hjaltadóttir, was received by the three persons named in the document Hanna Birna’s former assistant, Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, leaked to the media in November 2013.

The people’s lawyers have confirmed this to DV. The letter was dated on November 21, 2014, the same day that Hanna Birna announced her resignation, yet it didn’t arrive until mid-December, after Ólöf Nordal had taken over as minister of the interior, dv.is reports.

For almost an entire year, Hanna Birna maintained that the leak had not come from her ministry and defended her assistant. However, Gísli confessed to having leaked the confidential information, which concerned the affairs of an asylum seeker, on November 11, 2014.

The lawyers representing the victims of the leak had often criticized the minister for not apologizing. Now, a formal apology has finally been sent by the ministry, acknowledging that the people’s rights had been violated, DV writes.

Hanna Birna’s reactions to the police investigation into the leak at her ministry are being reviewed by the Ombudsman of Alþingi. She has until January 8, 2015, to submit her counterarguments, ruv.is adds.

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