Special prosecutor Ólafur Thór Hauksson, who has been appointed to investigate the banking collapse in Iceland, has called quite a few individuals who are living abroad and are suspected of having contributed to the crisis in for questioning.
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They have all responded to his request and were interrogated with their lawyers present, Fréttabladid reports.
Hauksson said it is important that lawyers attend interrogations to ensure that suspects receive a fair treatment. “A part of that is also to record and videotape interrogations—then there is no doubt about who said what.”
The office of the special prosecutor now receives access to all information it requests from banks since bank secrecy laws were amended in April.
The only problem the office is facing at the moment is lack of employees and funding, Hauksson stated. However, that problem is likely to be solved now since the Ministry of Justice is preparing to increase funding to the special prosecutor’s office.
“We have to do this right,” Hauksson said. “We work nights and weekends and I’m not going on vacation this summer […]. This project has priority over all other projects.”
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