Politics

Ministry and Police Broke Law in Tony Omos Case

Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, former Suðurnes police chief and current capital region police chief, broke the law on data privacy and the treatment of personal information when she sent Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former assistant to the then-interior minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, sensitive...

Icelandic MP Shocked by Proposed Spying Powers

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic MP for the Pirate Party, has serious reservations about the recent report by the national police commissioner into the threat of terrorism in Iceland. She says the report indicates the police believe they need to spy on Icelanders, including Birgitta, who openly...

Police Want Increased Powers to Combat Terror Risk

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has said that it would like its powers to investigate expanded and strengthened in light of a growing terrorist threat, as stated in a report by the office’s analysis division, which was published yesterday. The police in Iceland do not have the...

Obama Accepts Geir’s Letter of Credence

U.S President Barack Obama accepted Geir H. Haarde’s letter of credence at a ceremony at the White House yesterday, formally appointing Geir, former prime minister of Iceland and leader of the Independence Party, as Iceland’s new ambassador to the U.S.

Central Bank to Compile Report on Kaupþing Loan

Governor of the Central Bank of Iceland Már Guðmundsson intends to compile an official report on the lending of Kaupþing bank ISK 80 billion (USD 603 million, EUR 530 million) on the same day that an emergency law was passed just prior to the economic collapse in October 2008.

Minister: No Security Risk in Publishing Weapon Data

Interior Minister Ólöf Nordal says that publishing Iceland’s regulations on weaponry poses no risk to national security. Ólöf told ruv.is that she decided to make the information public and sees nothing in the regulations which calls for their secrecy. 

Russian Flyby ‘Should be Taken Seriously’

Wednesday’s flyby of two Russian bombers close to the Icelandic coast should be taken seriously, Birgir Ármannsson, head of the Icelandic parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said in an interview with Morgunblaðið today. 

Two Russian Bombers Fly Close to Iceland

Two Tupolev Tu-95 long-range Russian bombers flew within the NATO surveyed airspace close to Iceland around midday yesterday, a statement from the Icelandic Coast Guard revealed.

Icelandic State to Seek Compensation for Al-Thani Scam

Icelandic Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson stated in parliament yesterday that there is reason to look into whether an EUR 500 million emergency loan the Central Bank of Iceland granted to Kaupþing Bank following the Al-Thani scam is reason for the Icelandic state to file a damages case...

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