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Agreement Reached in Leak Affair

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Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former assistant to former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, and an Icelandic woman who was named in the confidential document leaked by Gísli to the media in November 2013 have reached an agreement on the payment of damage claims by Gísli to the woman, visir.is reports.

Gísli Freyr’s lawyer, Ólafur Garðarson, confirmed the news to visir.is earlier today.

Gísli Freyr has been seeking reconciliation in the damages claims of asylum seekers Tony Omos and Evelyn Glory Joseph, as well as the Icelandic woman named in the leaked document. Agreements are yet to be made in the other two cases.

Tony has filed a damages claim of ISK 5 million (USD 38,000, EUR 33,000) and Evelyn of ISK 4.5 million. The Icelandic woman submitted a damages claim of ISK 2.5 million but Ólafur told visir.is that the compensation amount agreed upon is not close to that amount “as the claims were not in accordance with any agreement with court proceedings in Iceland.”

The court hearings in the cases of Tony and Evelyn, who is the mother of his child, took place in Reykjavík District Court this morning. The judge suggested that reconciliation be reached and a deadline was set in both cases.

The individuals concerned have argued that their reputations have been ruined after the memo, which included personal information pertaining to them, was leaked to the Icelandic media. The leaked document claimed that Tony, whose deportation from Iceland was being protested, was suspected of being party to human trafficking. The claims were later reported to be unproven.

After initially denying being responsible for the leak, Gísli Freyr confessed a year later. He was handed an eight month suspended sentence. Hanna Birna, who stepped down as a minister last November, took leave as an MP but is expected to return to parliament.

There have been calls for her resignation as MP and vice-chair of the Independence Party but Chair of the Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson, who is also Finance Minister, has declared his support for the former interior minister.

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