Former Prime Minister of Iceland Geir H. Haarde, who was earlier this year found guilty in one out of four charges brought against him, has taken his case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, ruv.is reports.
Geir Haarde. Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.
“In my view, the Icelandic government in this case violated the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights relating to fair trial and the principle of no punishment without law,” Geir said in a statement over the weekend.
Andri Árnason, the lawyer representing Geir in the High Court (Landsdómur) case, announced in May that it was likely that they would refer the case to Strasbourg.
At the time, Andri told Morgunblaðið that Geir’s rights may have been violated during the proceedings of his case and the case’s preparations, claiming that, among other issues, Geir was not able to see the evidence until the court proceedings and that the system on which the case was based was out of date.
Geir was convicted for not having fulfilled his obligations according to the 17th article of the Constitution of Iceland.
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