HIV infection suspect released

Two women in Iceland have already tested HIV+.

Two women in Iceland have already tested HIV+. Photo: Pressphoto

A man in custody since last month on suspicion on infecting women in Iceland with HIV has been released from custody.

The suspect, believed to be an asylum seeker of Nigerian nationality, was arrested last month. Police have grounds to believe that the man knew that he was HIV+.

He was released from custody yesterday and served with a four-month travel ban.

According to Inspector Friðrik Smári Björg­vins­son­, Head of the Reykjavik Metropolitan Police Criminal Investigation Department, there is no reason to keep the suspect in custody any longer.

The case is currently being investigated by the police and the Icelandic Directorate of Health and is said to be proceeding well.

As at 24 July, two women had been confirmed HIV+ and 10-20 more had been tested.

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