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House Search at Iceland’s Tax Office Unprecedented

By Iceland Review

Reykjavík District Court gave the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police a search warrant for the office of the Directorate of Tax Investigations in Iceland last week, which is unprecedented in Iceland. The verdict has been appealed to the Supreme Court.

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has been fighting for a right to obtain documents from the Tax Directorate since 2006 in regards to the taxation affairs of Óskar Magnússon, former chairman of Baugur’s board, Fréttabladid reports.

According to Eiríkur Tómasson, a law professor at the University of Iceland, it is also unheard of that a house search is not undertaken immediately after a ruling from the District Court. The National Commissioner has agreed to not bother the Directorate of Tax Investigation until the Supreme Court reaches a verdict.

“There is nothing in the law that bans this [delaying the house search] but I cannot remember another case like it,” Tómasson said. “This is a very strange situation.”

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