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Thomas Møller Olsen moved to Denmark

11.10.2019 - 10:11
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 Mynd: Guðmundur Bergkvist - RÚV
Thomas Møller Olsen, the man sentenced to 19 years for the murder of Birna Brjánsdóttir, was moved to Denmark on Thursday last week after the Danish authorities agreed to take him. The transfer licence came from Denmark on 1st October and police escorted him out of Iceland three days later.

The news has been confirmed by Björgvin Jónsson, Møller’s lawyer, in conversation with RÚV. Thomas Møller requested himself that he be allowed to serve his sentence in Denmark. 

Björgvin says he is now an inmate at Vestre prison in Copenhagen, which is the country’s biggest detention centre. It is largely a reception facility and often houses those being held in custody before trial. It is not yet clear whether Thomas will serve his whole sentence there, or be moved to another facility. 

He has been in custody and prison ever since his arrest in early 2017 and his transfer to Denmark took much longer than expected, because the authorities there asked for extensive translation of court records. 

According to RÚV sources, Thomas Møller was transported on a normal passenger plane, with wrist and ankle restraints. He was first onboard, sat at the far back of the cabin, and was last off the plane. 

Iceland’s head of prisons, Páll Winkel, said he cannot comment on individual cases but that Icelandic authorities generally do what they can to move foreign prisoners to jails in their home countries, but that that is not always easy and takes longer in cases when the prisoner wants to stay in Iceland. As a Greenlander, Møller is a Danish passport holder and Greenland routinely sends dangerous prisoners to Denmark. 

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