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Former PM of Iceland Wants Defender Appointed

Former Prime Minister of Iceland Geir H. Haarde has sent a letter to Ingibjörg Benediktsdóttir, the president of the High Court (Landsdómur), demanding that his lawyer Andri Árnason be appointed his defender without further delay.


Former Prime Minister of Iceland Geir H. Haarde. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Haarde finds the delay to be unacceptable. In the laws on the High Court it says that the accused is to have a defender appointed as soon as possible—seven weeks have passed since it was formally announced to Haarde that the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, had decided to file charges against him for misconduct in office, Fréttabladid reports.

In the letter Haarde says that he has not been given any reasons for the delay. “It is obvious that I have considerable interest in that my lawyer be given this formal position of defender so that he can begin collecting data and follow everything that comes up in this case,” he writes.

The former PM also maintains the view that Althingi’s decision on filing charges against him became void at the end of the last legislative session based on the interpretation of the laws referring to the parliament saying that parliamentary issues which haven’t been completed at the end of the legislative session are annulled.

Click here to read more about the High Court case against Haarde.

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