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Iceland’s Former PM Taken to Court

The Icelandic parliament, Althingi, just passed a parliamentary resolution with 33 votes against 30 to take former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde to High Court (Landsdómur) on alleged negligence in office in the events leading up to the banking collapse in 2008.


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

Parliamentarians are currently voting on whether to take the two other ministers who were accused of negligence in the Special Investigative Commission report of April 2010 to High Court as well, former Minister of Business Affairs Björgvin G. Sigurdsson and former Minister of Finance Árni M. Mathiesen.

Parliamentarians also voted on whether former Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir should be taken to High Court; 34 voted “no” and 29 voted “yes”.

Current Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir, who recently announced her disapproval of taking the former ministers to High Court, especially in the case of Gísladóttir, voted “no” both in regard to Haarde and Gísladóttir.

UPDATE: Former Minister of Finance Árni M. Mathiesen will not be taken to High Court with 32 votes against 31, neither will former Business Minister Björgvin G. Sigurdsson, in whose case 35 MPs voted “no”, 27 “yes” and one abstained.

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