The Icelandic media reports today that the special prosecutor appointed in the case prepared by the National Police against several Baugur managers has appealed the Reykjavík District Court’s verdict for six of eight charges to the Supreme Court.
According to Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, RÚV, the two charges not appealed relate to alleged customs fraud in connection with the importation of automobiles from the US.
Two of the defendants, Jóhannes Jónsson and Tryggvi Jónsson, are removed from the case. The charge involving Jóhannes is not appealed, and the charges against Tryggvi Jónsson for his alleged involvement in the alleged wrongful preparation of Baugur’s annual statements are dropped.
The six remaining charges involve Baugur CEO Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson, his sister, Kristín Jóhannesdóttir, and two KPMG auditors, Anna Thórdardóttir and Stefán Hilmarsson.
Four of the six remaining charges relate to the wrongful preparation of the annual statements of Baugur, two to alleged customs fraud in connection with the importation of automobiles.
In a statement issued yesterday, Jóhannes Jónsson said he had instructed his counsel to file a complaint with the ombudsman of the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, concerning the conduct of two officers of the Icelandic police, the head of the Economic Crimes division, Jón H. Snorrason, and the chief of the police, Haraldur Jóhannesson.
Gestur Jónsson, the defense counsel for Jón Ásgeir, said to Morgunbladid he was “surprised and disappointed.”