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Árni Johnsen granted pardon

By Iceland Review

Former Member of Parliament Árni Johnsen has been granted an official pardon, according to a report in Fréttabladid today. The acting executives of presidential authority, Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde, Supreme Court President Gunnlaugur Claessen and Parliamentary President Sólveig Pétursdóttir reportedly signed the pardon at the request of Minister of Justice Björn Bjarnason, in the absence of Iceland’s President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.

Árni Johnsen was sentenced to two years in prison in 2003 for fraud and extortion. By law, the President of Iceland can grant a pardon when at least five years have passed since a sentence was served. Only those who have an unblemished record may run for parliament, and a pardon is required for a convicted criminal to have an unblemished record. President Grímsson is currently overseas.

When interviewed on the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV) this morning, Johnsen denied knowing that the pardon had been granted and refused further comment.

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