The defendants of Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson and Tryggvi Jónsson announced yesterday that they have sent a letter of complaint to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, claiming their clients’ human rights have been violated.
The letter of complaint was signed by Danish lawyer Tyge Trier and sent to the European Court on 3 October. This is reported in all the main media.
The complaint was made on behalf of Jóhannesson, president of Baugur Group, and Jónsson, former vice-president, against the Republic of Iceland. It is based on the 6th article of the European Convention on Human Rights.
In the letter it says that Jóhannesson and Jónsson did not receive a just court procedure and that the Icelandic courts were both hostile and partial.
Minister of Justice, Björn Bjarnason, is mentioned in the letter of complaint, as he apparently publicly referred to the accused as guilty on four occasions, before their guilt had been proven.
According to the letter, Bjarnason encouraged the public to consider Jóhannesson and Jónsson guilty and tried to influence the courts of law.
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