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Man arrested over house fire held for four more weeks

10.07.2020 - 10:42
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The man in his sixties being held in police custody in connection to the deadly 25th June house fire on Bræðraborgarstígur in Reykjavík will remain behind bars until at least 6th August while the investigation continues, Reykjavík District Court has declared.

The man has been in custody since 26th June and the court has approved police requests to not release him on the grounds of public interest.  

This is the third approved custodial extension, with the first two being a week at a time. The latest court decision, from late Thursday, is for four weeks. 

A statement from the capital region police earlier this week said the investigation is going well, but no specific details will be made public at this time. 

Three died in the fire and two were injured; including one who remains in intensive care. 

Three people were also arrested, though two of them were quickly released without charge. The third, a man in his sixties who lived in the house that burnt down, was arrested outside the Russian embassy on Garðarstræti shortly after the fire was reported. He was remanded in one week’s custody the day after the blaze, and that period was later extended by a further week, and now by a further four weeks. 

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