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Police Officer Sues Icelandic State

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Police Officer Sues Icelandic State

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Aldís Hilmarsdóttir, former head of the narcotics division of the greater Reykjavík police, has filed a lawsuit against the Icelandic state because of the police chief’s decision to have her transferred to a different position in January this year, RÚV reports.

Aldís demands that the decision of Reykjavík Police Chief Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir be nullified and the Icelandic state be required to pay her ISK 2.3 million (USD 18,700, EUR 17,000).

The lawsuit states that the decision was an administrative one, which was not based on factual premises, that it did entail a poorly disguised and sudden suspension of Aldís from her job. In addition, the lawsuit claims, Aldís was the victim of bullying by the police chief.

Aldís was transferred to a different department a week after having a meeting with the minister of the interior where she discussed, among other things, communications problems within the police office.

Last week, the Reykjavík police chief was found to have violated the Administrative Procedure Act by temporarily relieving a policeman in the narcotics division of his duties in January.

An occupational psychologist concluded in January that there was a communication problem within the office.

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