Iceland PM victim of blackmail attempt

Icelandic PM, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.

Icelandic PM, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson. Photo: Árni Sæberg

Two Icelandic women have been arrested for blackmailing the Prime Minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.

According to Reykjavik Metropolitan Police, the women were arrested in Hafnarfjörður (Greater Reykjavik) on Friday on suspicion of having sent a letter to Gunnlaugsson’s house demanding money.

The letter instructed the PM to leave the money at a given Hafnarfjörður location, where the police ultimately arrested the women.

The women admitted to police that they had sent the letter and they were released after interrogation. The investigation is essentially complete and will subsequently be referred to the Public Prosecutor for further action.


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