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Prosecutor Demands 12-Year Sentences

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Prosecutor Demands 12-Year Sentences

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The building that houses the Supreme Court of Iceland. Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

The case of two men, accused in the death of their fellow prisoner in 2012, was heard before the Supreme Court of Iceland today, RÚV reports. The deputy state prosecutor demanded that they receive a 12-year prison sentence.

The two men were charged in June of 2013, or more than half a year after their fellow prisoner, Sigurður Hólm Sigurðsson, was discovered dead in his prison cell at Litla-Hraun prison. They were charged for inflicting injury to Sigurður, leading to his death.

The Suðurland District Court acquitted the two men in March of last year, citing doubts about whether they were responsible for his death, but the decision was appealed by the state prosecutor to the Supreme Court.

Both of the accused showed up in court this morning, but they are now serving the remainder of six and seven-year sentences at the halfway house Vernd for serious assault, committed in January of 2012.

The prosecutor maintains the two men inflicted a blow to Sigurður, causing his spleen to rupture and resulting in internal bleeding.

Defense attorneys for the accused maintain that Sigurður died of cardiac arrest, caused by drug abuse, and that his internal bleeding came about due to CPR efforts.

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