To get justice, you have to have the correct political opinions.
An Icelandic police report, which they recently sent me on a freedom of information request, details what happened when I was poisoned at the Bar Ananas in Reykjavik on May 11, 2017. I spent the night in the Emergency Department at Landspítali, the National University Hospital of Iceland, suffering from serious symptoms of poisoning that were not adequately treated.
The police treated four people as suspects in the investigation:
1) Sindri Geirsson, the proprietor of the Prikið Kaffihús in Reykjavik, down the street from the Bar Ananas. He handed me the poisoned drink;
2) Sigurður Ólason, a friend of Sindri Geirsson who sat by his side at the bar, and who went (as can be seen on the recording from the security camera) into the bathroom with a siphon. He returned to the bar and can be seen stirring the drink that was later brought to me with a siphon under the bar table. He was also seen squeezing something from the siphon into my glass.
3) Sigurður Hreiðar Elíasson, who walked up to me, shook my hand, and said: “Fuck you!” The report the police took of him is very short. He claimed he couldn’t have put anything in my glass since he had to stretch across a person sitting by my side to shake my hand.
4) The taxi driver who drove us to the Bar Ananas.
It is important to note that only two of the four suspects or defendants asked for their lawyer to be present during their interrogation: Sindri Geirsson and Sigurður Ólason. This is the same pair that can be seen in the recording of the security camera, acting very suspiciously. They were eventually charged by the Investigative Branch of the Police, which wanted the case brought to the court for judgment.
Under interrogation, both Sindri Geirsson and Sigurður Ólason denied they had poisoned me. They were shown the recording of the security camera; each time something was shown that implicated them in the act, they were asked “What were you doing?” Or “Why did you do that?” They repeatedly responded: “I don’t remember.”
Asked if they themselves used illegal drugs, both Sindri Geirsson and Sigurður Ólason denied doing so. When the police reminded Sindri Geirsson that he had been involved indirectly in a drug bust that happened at a party while he was present, Sindri Geirsson said he was there only because he knew so many people from the nightlife. When he was asked if his friend Sigurður Ólason used drugs, Sindri Geirsson said he used amphetamines sometimes, but not often. Sigurður Ólason denied using illegal drugs.
When the police told him that his friend Sindri Geirsson had claimed he used amphetamines, Sigurður Ólason said Sindri Geirsson was lying.
A security camera picked up Sindri Geirsson and Sigurður Ólason and another Icelander who was treated as a witness in this case smoking outside as they met Sigurður Hreiðar Elíasson; they were pointing and looking in the window of the bar/restaurant at where our group was seated. At the beginning of the security camera recording, the three of them, Sindri Geirsson, Sigurður Ólason and the witness can be seen sitting together at the bar when Sindri Geirsson points in my direction. Sigurður Ólason and the witness both claim that Sindri Geirsson recognized who I was, but they did not, but confirmed it was so after having looked at news on the internet about me via their mobile phones. The recording does not show this witness taking an active part in committing the crime.
Reviewing the results of the investigation, Assistant Prosecutor Kjartan Ólafsson wrote a letter dated August 25, 2017 to the District Public Prosecutor, saying that in light of the recordings of the security camera and other things brought forward in the investigation that this was a criminal case that should be brought to court, because there was a likelihood of conviction against Sindri Geirsson and Sigurður Ólason. In his letter, he says: “The accused in the case are suspected of having poisoned Robert Bruce Spencer with narcotics by putting a combination of amphetamine and MDMA into his drink.”
The Assistant Prosecutor also writes: “A recording from the security camera of the place shows the accused Sindri hand a siphon over to the accused Sigurður, who afterward takes the siphon to the bathroom. When he comes back to the bar, he takes the drink into his hands, and puts in under the bar table and seems to be doing something with it. Afterward, he stirs continuously in the drink like he is mixing something into it. The accused are at this point very secretive and there is no doubt that there is something more going on than just a simple ordering of a drink.”
It can also be seen in the recording that before Sigurður Ólason goes into the bathroom with the siphon he takes something from his right pocket and shows it to Sindri Geirsson and to the witness. It can also be seen that just before Sigurður Ólason enters the bathroom, he puts his hand in his right pocket. The recording shows also that Sindri Geirsson is also stirring in the drink, and one point there are two siphons in the glass. They ordered three drinks in three similar glasses, and the drink that was brought to me was the only one that had a siphon in it. “The alleged poisoned drink is the only one marked by a siphon,” the police say in their description of the events shown in the recording of the security cameras.
The Assistant Prosecutor concludes: “In light of all this and given the evidence of the case, especially the recordings of the security cameras, I think this case if brought to court would likely result in a guilty verdict.”
The investigation of this poisoning case was handed over to the District Public Prosecutor on August 25, 2017. About seven months later, on April 5, 2018, the District Public Prosecutor (in a letter signed by Pétur Hrafn Hafstein, Representative of the District Public Prosecutor) said a follow-up investigation was needed. He requested two things:
1) A note from the doctor who was supposedly caring for me in the hospital emergency room, Hjalti Már Björnsson, whose gross and likely politically motivated negligence and violation of his Hippocratic Oath I explained in an ethics complaint I filed against him with the Icelandic Medical Board. Hjalti Már Björnsson downplayed and obfuscated what he had to acknowledge were clear symptoms of poisoning in his medical report, lied about what I told him, and failed to take basic tests that should have been done on any emergency room patient. It later turned out that he was a highly politicized Leftist – which explains his criminal negligence and false claims, as well as his strongly urging me to end my work.
Dr. Andrew Bostom, who is a practicing physician as well as a premier researcher of jihad and Islamic antisemitism, examined the records of my emergency room stay and wrote to me:
This was a dismissive work-up of a middle-aged man who was at risk for potentially catastrophic acute illness: myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolus, status asthmaticus, etc. ad nauseam, and who was already suffering from tachycardia and tachypnea, with low sodium and detectable levels of potentially toxic amphetamines clandestinely spiked into something he drank unwittingly.
At minimum, you should have been placed on continuous electrocardiogram monitoring for rhythm, had a 12-lead ECG and cardiac enzymes drawn to rule out a heart attack, had simple pulse oximetry continuously, and routine blood pressure, and other vital signs monitoring serially with full documentation in the ER Record until all your vital signs normalized.
None of that was done. Was Hjalti Már Björnsson hoping I would just die?
2) The blood sample and urine sample that the hospital took. The representative of the District Public Prosecutor also said in his letter if there was no longer any blood sample and if it was not possible to measure the quantity of the drugs in the urine sample, it “might be necessary to discontinue the investigation.” To back up this assessment, Pétur Hrafn Hafstein cites a paragraph from the code of criminal procedure. And as was to be expected, no blood sample or urine sample was available, as this was nearly a year after the incident. The hospital claimed it was a standard procedure of the hospital to dispose of all samples four days after they had been taken. The report Hjalti Már sent on July 18, 2018 contained basically the same lies and misinformation he had sent to the Ethical Committee of the Icelandic Medical Association on August 29, 2017.
All this is clear from the police report. Two things, however, were missing from the files that the Icelandic police sent me about their investigation: the second page of the report from Hjalti Már Björnsson to the police, and the testimony of the fourth suspect to the police. I have requested this information, but Icelandic authorities have not replied.
I went to the police on May 13, 2017. The police investigated the matter and submitted their conclusion to the District Prosecutor on August 25, 2017, after only three months and ten days. My contacts in Iceland tell me that this is very quick work given the workload they have; they must have given my case priority. But then it took the District Prosecutor around seven months to write one simple letter requesting a follow-up investigation, and stated already at that point (April 5, 2018) in the letter that if the blood sample or urine sample was not to be found, they might need to call everything off.
Did they really expect the hospital to keep these samples for eleven months? Was this the District Prosecutor’s way of sabotaging the case? Did they wait all those months in order to ensure that the samples would be unavailable? Were they afraid they would lose the case because the lawyers for the poisoners would get the quack doctor Hjalti Már Björnsson to testify on their behalf and lie again?
One of the people who invited me to speak in Iceland commented: “I know for sure there is not always a good working relationship between judges and the police, even to the point of being hostile. But at the same time, if there is any political motive behind this, it most certainly came from the top, not from the investigative police themselves.”
Nonetheless, the police report and medical report make what happened abundantly clear. Sindri Geirsson and Sigurður Ólason should be in prison right now for poisoning me. Since Sindri Geirsson is the proprietor of the Prikið Kaffihús in Reykjavik, down the street from the Bar Ananas, both of these places should be shut down as hazards to the public health, or at very least, Sindri Geirsson should be made to divest himself of his interests in the Prikið Kaffihús and never again allowed to work in a place that sells food or drinks. Hjalti Már Björnsson should be permanently barred from practicing medicine.
None of this will happen, of course. Because Sindri Geirsson, Sigurður Ólason and Hjalti Már Björnsson are Leftists and I am not, they suffered no consequences for their actions. At least now what happened is a matter of public record, as is the willingness of Icelandic authorities to allow a man to be victimized if he doesn’t hold the accepted political opinions.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process.