More in custody and shooting victim named

18.02.2021 - 09:49
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Three men were last night remanded in custody for seven days by Reykjavík District Court in connection to the fatal shooting on Rauðagerði in Reykjavík this weekend. The men were all arrested in the capital region on Tuesday.

Seven people are now in custody as the investigation continues; one who was arrested on Sunday and three arrested on each Monday and Tuesday. One man is in his 40s, while the others are all in their 30s.

Assistant capital region police chief Margeir Sveinsson told RÚV news last night the case is one of the biggest and most complicated the police have tackled in recent years. 

Three capital region properties were searched on Tuesday, and evidence was gathered, from small items, to an entire vehicle, Margeir says. 

The name of the deceased man has now been confirmed as Armando Beqirai. He was born in 1988 and leaves behind a wife and child. 

Rúnólfur Þórhallson, State police chief in the research and analysis department, told RÚV radio this morning police have become increasingly worried about organised crime and have been pushing for more officers to deal with the problem, as Sweden has done. He says Iceland has had roughly the same number of police officers since 2007. He alslo believes Icelandic courts usually offer periods of custody that are too short while active investigations are ongoing.

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