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Police has not yet questioned Róbert Wessman: „No, they have not“


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Róbert Wessman has not yet been called in for questioning by Icelandic police. This is confirmed by Wessman’s head of communications, former journalist Lára Ómarsdóttir.

„No, they have not,“ said Ómarsdóttir in a conversation with Mannlíf at the end of last week, when asked whether police had called the pharma tycoon in for questioning. She claimed not to know the details of the charges against her boss and was therefore unable to comment further.

Lára Ómarsdóttir

Reynir Traustason, the editor of Mannlíf, sued Róbert Wessman last March. He is accusing the billionaire of covering up both crime and evidence in the break-in to the offices of Mannlíf early this year. Mannlíf has reported on the case in details, in addition to publishing data showing that Wessman had in fact known that the crime had taken place.

At this point, assuming that Lára Ómarsdóttir is truthful in her statement to Mannlíf, the reason for Wessman not yet having been questioned by police remains unknown. There are now a little under five months since the break-in occurred.

Kristjón Kormákur Guðjónsson, editor of 24.is, confessed to being the perpetrator in the break-in and apologized for his acts in an interview with Reynir Traustason in the podcast Mannlífið. Guðjónsson also claimed to have had two phone discussions with Róbert Wessman the morning after the break-in, where he told his then-boss that he had taken a computer belonging to the editor of Mannlíf.

Kristjón Kormákur Guðjónsson

Guðjónsson claims to have voiced his worries about being caught for the crime to Wessman, due to data from cell phones that he had used to break into the editorial web system of Mannlíf. He maintains that in one phone call, the billionaire had told him to be careful. Guðjónsson reported on how Wessman’s lawyer, Ólafur Kristinsson, had transferred the sum of 1 million ISK to his account after the two phone calls had taken place.

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A week after the phone calls between Guðjónsson and Wessman transpired, the billionaire sued the editor of Mannlíf to the ethics committee of the Journalist Union of Iceland. In his claims, Wessman hinted that Traustason had in fact staged the break-in. According to Guðjónsson, Wessman had already known who the perpetrator was at this point.

The case is currently being investigated by police authorities in the capital area.

Disclaimer: The editor of Mannlíf is the victim in the break-in to the media’s offices. The media’s publisher has sued Róbert Wessman and accused him of covering up the crime and therefore being an accomplice to it. Wessman has both sued and reported the editor of Mannlíf multiple times. Among those instances are his reports to the ethics committee of the Journalist Union of Iceland, the Data Protection Authority, the Media Commission, the Electronic Communications Office of Iceland and Iceland Revenue and Customs. In the cases that have been ruled in, Mannlíf has been acquitted.

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This article was originally published in Icelandic.


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