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Book May Prove Innocence of Those Convicted of Murder

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Book May Prove Innocence of Those Convicted of Murder

Skólavörðustígur Prison.

The prison on Skólavörðustígur. Photo: Wikipedia.

A defense attorney for one of the suspects in a decades-old Icelandic murder case claims that new clues about to be published in a book will prove the innocence of convicted suspects, RÚV reports.

A total of six young people were convicted for the murders of Guðmundur Einarsson Geirfinnur Einarsson in 1980. Guðmundur and Geirfinnur both disappeared in 1974, but their bodies were never found.

Ragnar Aðalsteinsson, one of the defense attorneys in the case, states that new clues revealed in and unpublished book by journalist Jón Daníelsson prove the innocence of Sævar Ciesielski, who died in 2011, and others connected to the case. A committee in charge of reopening the case has been supplied with the information in question.

The said information provides clues about a possible alibi for Sævar Ciesielski in the Geirfinnur case. In his book, Jón claims that Sævar proved his innocence during his 21 months in police custody. At the time, he sent the prosecutor a letter about his alibi the evening he was accused of having murdered Geirfinnur.

In the letter, Sævar describes a TV show he watched that night, detailing its content. Having watched the program himself, Jón claims that Sævar’s description was very accurate. “The program was aired at the same time as Sævar was supposed to have been in Keflavík. It would have been impossible for him to be at those two places at the same time,” Jón states.

Sævar spent nine years in prison and always maintained his innocence. He died in an accident in Copenhagen in 2011.

The book, which is the result of analyzing thousands of documents regarding the case, is due out in September.

The infamous case caught the attention of BBC in 2014. You can view their coverage here.

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