Icelander Found Innocent after Waiting in a Thai Prison for One Year

August 2, 2012
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Icelandic citizen Brynjar Mettinisson was found innocent on charges of drug violations before Thai courts on Tuesday. He has been held in prison since May 2011 and he may have to remain there for another month while the prosecution decides whether to appeal.

“I was incredibly happy. The sun started to shine. It is indescribable,” Brynjar’s mother, Borghildur Antonsdóttir, told ruv.is after her son was acquitted. She said Brynjar’s time in prison has been horrible and would like the Icelandic authorities to help free him.

“He has been lying on a hard stone floor with no mattress and nothing, sharing a 20-30-square-meter-room with 72 other men,” Borghildur said of the Bangkok prison facilities. She added her son has suffered both physical and mental violence.

“I think I have moved past the anger. The only thing on my mind now is to get him out. To hug him. It’s the only thing I think about,” Borghildur said, adding that she finds it ridiculous that Brynjar must remain behind bars for another month even after having been found not guilty.

Borghildur stated she must pay more than ISK 8 million (USD 66,000, EUR 54,000) in bail to have him freed sooner but she doesn’t have that kind of money and therefore appeals to Icelandic authorities to intervene.

“I would really wish for that because we are so close to the goal now. He is innocent but they will appeal. But why appeal, why not let him go? He is innocent,” she concluded.

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