Björgvin G. Sigurdsson of the Social Democrats, who was minister of business affairs when the crisis hit, will return to the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, tomorrow. On Tuesday the parliament decided that he shouldn’t be taken to High Court.
Björgvin G. Sigurdsson. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
Sigurdsson stepped down from the cabinet shortly before the Social Democrat-Independence Party coalition was terminated in January 2009, visir.is reports.
He was reelected to parliament in the spring of 2009 but after the Special Investigative Commission concluded in its report in April 2010 that he had shown negligence in office in the events leading up to the banking collapse, he resigned from parliament.
Sigurdsson explained that he wanted to give the parliamentary committee flexibility to review the report. But now that the parliament has concluded that charges will not be filed against him for violating the law on ministerial responsibility, he can return.
Former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde is alone in facing charges.