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Independence Chair Wants to Drop Ex-PM’s Case

Chairman of the opposition’s Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson submitted a parliamentary resolution in his own name at the Icelandic parliament Alþingi yesterday evening, proposing that Alþingi’s charges against his former party chair, Geir H. Haarde, who was prime minister at the time of the banking collapse in 2008, be dropped.

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Bjarni Benediktsson. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Geir is currently being tried for misconduct in office, which, according to the charges, may have contributed to the banking collapse. The High Court (Landsdómur) was assembled for the first time in history to hear his case.

Geir maintains his innocence and his lawyer has demanded that the case against him be dismissed—parts of the charges have already been dismissed by the High Court.

In a report accompanying the resolution, Bjarni reasons that the prerequisites the majority of parliamentarians based their judgment on while voting on whether Geir should be put on trial were shattered when the High Court dismissed a significant part of the charges.

Bjarni stated that his resolution is supported by members of all parties. However, Björn Valur Gíslason of the Left-Greens commented that the resolution equals renouncing the banking collapse and one might just as well put the report of Alþingi’s Special Investigative Commission (SIC) in the shredder.

Click here to read more about the SIC report and here to read more about the High Court case.

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