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Minister’s Position on Haarde Case Upsets Left-Greens

ogmundur-jonasson_radherraMinister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson’s change of heart in the case of the Icelandic parliament Alþingi’s ongoing court case against former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde and Ögmundur’s declaration that he will now support a resolution to drop the case has upset many of his fellow party members in the Left-Green Movement.

“I find it difficult that the Minister of Justice [which falls under the Ministry of the Interior] is of the view that a court case can be influenced this way,” commented chairman of the Left-Green parliamentary party Björn Valur Gíslason to RÚV.

Ögmundur originally voted for putting Geir on trial for misconduct in office leading to the banking collapse, along with three other former ministers, but declared in an article in Morgunblaðið on Tuesday that he had made a mistake in supporting that Geir alone should face charges.

“If politicians won’t have their part in the banking collapse probed, whatever it may be and regardless of outcome, we cannot demand that of others,” Björn Valur added.

Another Left-Green MP, Þráinn Bertelsson, expressed his view yesterday that Ögmundur should resign given that he, as minister of judicial affairs, finds it all right to stop a court case which has already opened.

However, Ögmundur stated that the High Court (Landsdómur) trial against Haarde differs from other trials and that there is no reason for him to resign.

As for Björn Valur’s suggestions that he is denying the banking collapse, Ögmundur responded: “That is just laughable, that’s just nonsense.”

The resolution as to whether Alþingi’s charges against Geir should be revoked will be up for discussion tomorrow.

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