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Four-Week Custody of Murder Suspect Approved

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Four-Week Custody of Murder Suspect Approved

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The Reykjanes District Court ruled today that the man suspected in the death of Birna Brjánsdóttir shall remain in police custody for another four weeks, RÚV reports.

Birna’s body was found on the south shore of Reykjanes peninsula on January 22, but the 20-year-old disappeared from downtown Reykjavík eight days earlier. The suspect is a crew member of the trawler Polar Nanoq from Greenland.

He has already been in police custody for six weeks, or since January 18. He remained in isolation at Litla-Hraun prison until Tuesday. That day, he was transferred to the Hólmsheiði prison, where he stays in a closed unit, at his own request, separated from other prisoners. He still enjoys the same rights as other prisoners, including having access to a library, an outdoor area, and a gym, but for security reasons, he is kept apart from other prisoners.

A suspect can be kept in police custody for up to 12 weeks before charges are filed.

Recently, the police have declined to comment on the progress of the murder investigation, as well as on the investigation regarding the hashish confiscated onboard Polar Nanoq. In the past two weeks, police have taken statements from witnesses regarding the smuggling case.

Results from the analysis of biological samples in the murder investigation have gradually been coming in from Sweden. For now, no more statements from witnesses in connection with the murder case will be taken.

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