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Mayor of Kópavogur Steps Down Temporarily

By Iceland Review

Mayor of Kópavogur Gunnar Birgisson will step down as mayor and town councilmember temporarily, while a police investigation on the matters of the Pension Fund of Kópavogur Employees (LSK) is conducted.

From Kópavogur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“Such an investigation in itself raises suspicion, which makes it impossible for me to carry on with my work,” Birgisson said in a statement released to the media last night, Fréttabladid reports.

In the statement Birgisson maintains his innocence. He stresses that his decision to go on temporary leave had not been made due to pressure from the Progressive Party, which forms a coalition in the Kópavogur town council with Birgisson’s party, the Independence Party, Morgunbladid reports.

Furthermore, Birgisson said he hoped the investigation would be expedited as much as possible.

On Friday the Financial Supervisory Authority (FME) filed a lawsuit against the board of LSK with the economic crimes department of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police for lending 20 percent of the fund’s assets to Kópavogsbaer municipality while the legal maximum was ten percent, Fréttabladid reports.

The LSK board members are accusing Birgisson of having deceived the FME without the knowledge of other board members. In the statement, Birgisson denies all such allegations, claiming no crime was committed, according to Morgunbladid.

Birgisson’s resignation as mayor had been called for due to trade between Kópavogsbaer and a company owned by his daughter, Frjáls midlun.

Ómar Stefánsson, chairman of the Progressive Party in the Kópavogur town council, told Morgunbladid that Birgisson’s declaration had come as a surprise.

Jóhann Ísberg, chairman of the Independence Party in Kópavogur, told Fréttabladid that it has not been decided who will replace Birgisson as mayor.

The representative council of both coalition parties will discuss the matter today.

Click here to read more about Kópavogsbaer’s trade with Frjáls midlun.

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