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Former PM of Iceland: I Don’t Fear the Ruling

Former Prime Minister of Iceland Geir H. Haarde said he is not concerned about the ruling of the High Court (Landsdómur) in the case against him for having shown negligence in office in the events leading up to the banking collapse in 2008.

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Inside Althingi while the voting took place yesterday. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

“I have a clean conscience and I’m not afraid to present my case before an independent and unbiased court as I have no doubt the High Court will be. I’m not concerned. But of course, no man is satisfied with facing charges, especially given the nature of this matter,” Haarde told Fréttabladid.

Haarde said he will defend himself as best he can before the High Court and he has hired Supreme Court lawyer Andri Árnason as his defense lawyer. He added this matter is obviously political. “The Social Democrats obviously watch out for their own people.”

“However, I must say that I’m satisfied that my three colleagues from the government are not facing charges,” Haarde added. “I find it better to be alone and answer for my actions before the High Court than having other ministers doing the same for no reason.”

Yet, Haarde said it is a haunting question as to why the parliamentary resolutions of the committee chaired by Left-Green MP Atli Gíslason, which found that the former ministers should be taken to High Court, were only directed towards four former ministers and not six.

“There were two influential ministers in my government who are now in the most powerful positions in the current government,” Haarde pointed out, referring to Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir and Foreign Minister Össur Skarphédinsson.

“They had a lot of influence and pull in that government. I don’t believe they should have been charged but I mention this as an example of the matter’s absurdity—how political it is—that they were let off the hook in these resolutions,” Haarde said.

Click here to read more about Haarde’s reactions to being taken to court.

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