Former Prime Minister of Iceland Geir H. Haarde held a press conference yesterday on the occasion of today’s filing of a case before the High Court (Landsdómur) based on the Icelandic parliament’s charges against him for misconduct in office.
Former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde and former Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
“I reject all items of the charge. They are absurd, especially considering that the decisions made by my government in the lead-up to the banking collapse proved to be right,” Haarde said at the press conference, according to visir.is.
“The charge is also written in such a way that it is necessary to verify whether it is in accordance with the rules of the court,” the former PM added.
He said that he will demand the dismissal of the case as soon as possible, calling it a political attack. “The filing of the case […] means that the first political trial in Iceland’s history is about to start.”
Haarde claimed that with the trial, those currently in authority are using the opportunity to take a shot at a former political opponent.
The former PM stated that the case is built up in such a way that he is up against superior strength; therefore a charity was founded to raise funds to cover his legal costs.
More than 1,000 people have registered their names to a website supporting Haarde’s cause, among them Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, former leader of the Social Democrats and foreign minister in Haarde’s government.
Click here to read more about the case against Haarde.