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Suspect Charged with Birna’s Murder

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Suspect Charged with Birna’s Murder

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Thomas Møller Olsen, a 25-year-old Greenlander and crew member of the trawler Polar Nanoq, has been charged with the murder of Birna Brjánsdóttir, the 20-year-old Icelandic woman who disappeared in Reykjavík on January 14 and whose body was later found in Reykjanes, RÚV reports.

This was confirmed by Kolbrún Benediktsdóttir, deputy district prosecutor.

Charges were filed at the same time as a four-week extension of police custody was requested on Thursday. The Reykjanes District Court approved the extension, based on public interest.

Olsen was arrested on January 18, along with another crew member of Polar Nanoq who was later released. That man no longer has the legal status of a suspect.

Olsen has not confessed to the murder of Birna, but he has confessed to attempting to smuggle about 20 kg of hashish from Denmark to Greenland.

He was transferred to the Hólmsheiði prison on February 28, when he got out of isolation at Litla-Hraun prison.

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