The former minister of Grensáskirkja has been on a paid leave for one and a half year due to allegations of sexual assault, RÚV reports. A committee on behalf of the Ministry of Finance is assessing the legitimacy of his suspension. The Church of Iceland’s complaints board concluded that the minister had committed an offence against two women out of the five who filed complaints against the minister.
The minister received full pay for 15 months from August 2017 to November 2018 and half pay since then.
The five women had all been working for the church in one way or another and filed complaints to the Church of Iceland. The complaints board ruled in March 2018 that the minister had committed an offence against two of them in the form of a breach of morality.
The Church of Iceland’s complaints board is not an official tier of the Icelandic judicial system. It handles matters internally in the Church of Iceland.
In December, the minister’s case was brought to a committee appointed by the Ministry of Finance. The committee deals with cases of official employees who have been suspended for alleged infractions at work. The committee is charged with ruling if the bishop was correct in suspending the minister and if the minister will be reinstated or relieved of his duties.