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Asylum Seeker Paid Damages in Leak Affair

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Asylum Seeker Paid Damages in Leak Affair

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Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former assistant to now former Minister of the Interior, Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, has paid damages to asylum seeker Tony Omos for leaking confidential information about him, including damaging and unsubstantiated allegations, to the media in 2013.

While the amount Tony received has not been disclosed, Stundin reports that according to its sources, he received almost ISK 1 million. He had sought ISK 5 million.

Tony’s lawyer, Stefán Karl Kristjánsson, said “It’s good that part of this story regarding Gísli Freyr is over.”

Stundin also reports that it’s likely that Tony, who has been living in Italy since his deportation from Iceland in 2013, will also seek damages from the Icelandic state.

Gísli had previously paid damages to Evelyn Glory Joseph, the mother of Tony's child, and an Icelandic friend of Tony’s, who were also named in the leak.

After confessing to the leak late last year, Gísli lost his job and was handed a suspended sentence, and the minister stepped down.

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