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Police Tapped Victim’s Phone

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Police Tapped Victim’s Phone

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The capital region police tapped a woman’s phone for around a month following her request to stop the rape investigation she had started.

The police kept the investigation going, against her will. It is believed to be the first time Icelandic police have bugged a victim in this way, taking the decision for the victim’s own safety.

The police made the decision because they believed the woman had taken back her accusation under duress. She had herself already told them that men came to her door with a gun when the man she had accused was arrested.

The woman’s phone was monitored from mid-December to mid-January, which she learned of when she and several other witnesses were gathered for questioning recently. Fréttablaðið quotes an unnamed source, saying the woman had not changed her mind by then and still refused to talk to police about the alleged rape.

The man suspected of the rape was put in prison after his arrest anyway, to complete the last part of a five-year sentence he was handed down in 2012 for a brutal rape. He had been on probation since August, but was re-arrested in December.

He is said to be friends with some of the country’s most dangerous criminals and has a colorful criminal record. Reports from victim support in December say the woman was showing clear physical and emotional signs of major sexual trauma.

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