In December 1976 six suspects confessed to the murders of Gudmundur Einarsson and Geirfinnur Einarsson. The incarceration of the suspects ended what had become a national crisis in a small country accustomed to a lack of criminal activity. The six suspects served prison terms, with one of them receiving the longest sentence in Icelandic history – life plus one year.
But in the next few months, Iceland’s state prosecutor will exonerate the six suspects of the crimes they confessed to over four decades ago. This unprecedented act is due to a formal acknowledgement that the suspects were suffering from “Memory Distrust Syndrome”
– an established psychological condition in which an individual doubts the accuracy of their memory concerning the content and context of events which they have experienced – often as a result of coercive interrogation techniques.
Due to a combination of lengthy … Read More »