Two sisters were arrested on Friday for sending a letter to Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, demanding that he pay them several ISK million, or else they would publish sensitive information about him, Vísir reports.
As soon as the prime minister received the letter he reported it to the police, who took immediate action. According to kjarninn.is, the sisters, Hlín Einarsdóttir, former editor of bleikt.is and Malín Brand, a journalist at daily newspaper Morgunblaðið, confessed during questioning. They have since been released from custody.
Kjarninn.is reports that the sisters were arrested south of Hafnarfjörður, in the location where they requested the PM would deliver the money.
The police consider the case to be solved. It will be sent to the State Prosecutor who will decide whether the sisters will be charged for attempted extortion of the PM.
Neither Friðrik Smári Björgvinsson, superintendent at the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police, nor Jóhannes Þór Skúlason, assistant to the PM, would comment on the case.