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Ministry and Police Broke Law in Tony Omos Case

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Ministry and Police Broke Law in Tony Omos Case

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir on her way to an interview on Stöð 2.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir stepped down as minister of the interior in November 2014 following her assistant’s confession to having leaked the information about Omos. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, former Suðurnes police chief and current capital region police chief, broke the law on data privacy and the treatment of personal information when she sent Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former assistant to the then-interior minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, sensitive information about Tony Omos and others.

“The Suðurnes police’s dissemination of report drafts with personal information of Tony Omos, Evelyn Glory Joseph and other individuals to the Ministry of the Interior on the 20th November 2013, as well as the ministry’s request for it, was not subject to appropriate authority,” according to the data protection authority report, which was seen by the Kjarninn news website.

Tony Omos was a Nigerian asylum seeker who gained fame in Iceland for his long battle to resist deportation and be allowed to remain in Iceland with his family. He lost that battle, partly because of damaging leaks to the media made about him, which were later retracted.

Gísli Freyr Valdórsson lost his job over the leaks and was sentenced to an eight month suspended prison sentence.

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