Bára denies Klaustur 'tourist trap'

06.02.2019 - 10:18
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Bára Halldórsdóttir, who recorded a conversation between six MPs at Klaustur bar in late November, says she is not worried about the possible release of security camera footage from the bar and surrounding areas. She rejects claims from the MPs that she had deliberately disguised herself as a foreign tourist in order to secretly record their conversation.

The lawyer working for the four Miðflokkurinn (Centre Party) MPs who were at the bar that night is calling on Persónuvernd (the Data Protection Authority) to gather CCTV footage showing the comings and goings that evening at Klaustur and the attached Kvosin hotel. In support of the request, he writes that Bára had dressed as a tourist that night and acted like one, as a deliberate disguise.  

Bára was a guest on RÚV radio yesterday afternoon and was asked, among other things, about her clothing. She replied that she remembered recently that photos had been taken where she was before she went to Klaustur, so she knows exactly what she was wearing that evening. “I was in a T-shirt from an old friend of mine who is a drag queen, a black merchandise one, with black jeans and my black jacket, black shoes, and with my cute little bag that is a bit pink,” Bára said. “I don’t think any of it is particularly tourist-like. Isn’t it normally the Icelanders dressed all in black?” 

Bára has previously said she had tourist booklets with her that night at the bar. “I had tourist brochures because I was looking at them because I was thinking on behalf of the tourists I had just met,” Bára said. “It is possible to interpret this and that from various things one sees, but it was not originally intentional even if it appeared so.” 

As many times before, Bára stated that the recording was not pre-planned and that she was not working with anybody else. “I am very happy for the video footage to come forth. It will show just me, walking out to my car.”