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Most Icelanders Oppose Taking Former PM to Court

The majority of Icelanders are against taking former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde to High Court (Landsdómur) over misconduct charges filed by the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, as indicated in a survey conducted by MMR (Media and Market Research) where 67 percent of respondents said they either strongly or rather opposed the court procedures against Haarde.

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Former Prime Minister of Iceland Geir H. Haarde. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Haarde is on trial for punishable conduct in office as prime minister in the events leading up to the banking collapse in 2008, visir.is reports.

In the survey, 34.3 percent of respondents said they either strongly or rather supported the case against Haarde; whether people are for or against it varies strongly depending on which political party they support.

For example, 91.7 percent of the voters of the Independence Party, which Haarde used to chair, oppose taking him to court, which applies to 84.7 percent of Progressive Party voters, 45.9 percent of Social Democrat voters and 26.6 percent of Left-Green voters.

Those who support the Left-Green Movement are also those who most strongly support putting Haarde on trial; 73.4 percent of Left-Green voters who participated in the poll said they agreed to taking him to court.

Click here to read more about the case against Haarde.

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