The National Audit Office has concluded that there were no legal obligations or substantial arguments behind former Minister for Social Affairs Árni Páll Árnason’s decision to pay the owners of the treatment home Árbót in north Iceland ISK 30 million (USD 358,000, EUR 186,000) in damages.
The National Audit Office’s investigation determined that political interference of the Government Agency for Child Protection’s termination of its service agreement with Árbót was unusual and destructive, Fréttabladid reports.
The National Audit Office states that it is obvious that the termination of the agreement was legal and that a state attorney should have been consulted on the issue of potential damages.
These statements are at odds with what Árnason stated in November; even so, Árnason said the National Audit Office’s report confirms all his comments on the issue.
The Árbót affair was discussed in the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, after Fréttabladid reported on it in November. Following these discussions, the National Audit Office’s investigation was launched and reforms of the country’s administration were called for.
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