Klaustur MPs refused receipts and footage

17.01.2019 - 14:56
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 Mynd: Kristinn Þeyr Magnússon - RÚV
The Landsréttur appeals court yesterday rejected the call from four Miðflokkurinn (Centre Party) MPs for the collection of physical data in the Klaustur case. Court papers state that the politicians’ request only related to Klaustur bar’s owners, because Alþingi security footage has already been deleted and there are no security cameras at the Dómkirkjan cathedral.

According to the court, the members of Alþingi involved in the scandal had called on Klaustur representatives to submit to the court all security camera footage and payment receipts for the evening when Bára Halldórsdóttir recorded their conversation on her old mobile phone. 

The MPs felt it was necessary to obtain the requested evidence so that it could be preserved in order to better tell “who was responsible for the sound recording,” as the court papers state. 

Landsréttur stated in its ruling that safeguards are in place to make sure that the footage will not be deleted. The Data Protection Authority has requested the same evidence and the bar’s owners have taken steps to safeguard the recordings for six months. The court also points out the law in Iceland that receipts must be securely archived for seven years. There is therefore no danger of the evidence going missing before any possible court hearing in the case. 

The judgement says that Bára has already admitted recording the conversation and media have covered its content since she sent it to them. The MPs have not, therefore, shown that access to the evidence from Klaustur is necessary to prepare a decision on legal procedings. Their request is therefore rejected and they have been told to pay Bára 300,000 krónur in legal costs. 

Helga Þórisdóttir, director of the Data Protection Authority, told RÚV that the Authority is now starting up its Klaustur investigation again. She had previously told reporters the investigation was on hold while Landsréttur procedings continued. While her staff are working hard, she doubts any results will be ready before the next steering meeting on the 31st January.