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No American Ambassador and strange justice in Iceland

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No American Ambassador in Iceland.

No American Ambassador has been in Iceland since the beginning of this year.
One member of parliament has asked the foreign secretary, why is there no Ambassador in Iceland?
Gudlaugur Thor, member of parliament, also asked the foreign secretary about the implications it has for us if the United States has no ambassador here.
He also asked: is there no ambassador because of the event last year when the former ambassador, Carol van Voorst, when she was about to leave Iceland, got a letter from the Iceland's Foreign Office, informing her that Iceland's President was going to give her a Presidential medal - the Fa'lkaordan.
But when she was on her way to the President's house at Bessastadir, they got a phone call from the President's office, and were told that she would not be getting the medal after all.
No further explanation was offered.
According to sources, the ambassador was not pleased, but continued to Bessastadir.
There had been some mistake made at the Presidential office.
The President apologized for this mistake to the ambassador, but told her also - " that the medal is only for those that deserve it "
President Obama had appointed Mr. Robert S. Connan as US ambassador to Iceland, but he did not accept the appointment.

Photo: Carol van Voors

Strange sentences in Iceland - probation is popular

A 38 year old man, was sentenced yesterday by a county court in the south part of Iceland.
He was sentenced for giving alcohol and twice sexually abusing a thirteen year old girl.
He used her inexperience and that she had drunk alcohol, and his strength and age, and sexually assaulted the girl two times.
The girls mother went berserk when this happened last year (September) at the man's house.

He was sentenced to 8 months - and all on probation.
He will not have to serve any time in jail.
According to Icelandic law, the minimum sentence is 1 year in jail.

A few months ago, a man was sentenced for 8 months in jail, no probation.
He had stolen meat in a shop.


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I live in Iceland ,and have for some time been blogging about the Icelands Banking crisis. Also i take photos and videos. Have videos on youtube,and many from the Protests last winter in Reykjavik.
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