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Parts of Case against Iceland’s Former PM Dropped

Former Prime Minister of Iceland Geir H. Haarde declared a partial victory yesterday when the High Court (Landsdómur) decided to dismiss two items of charge in the Icelandic parliament Althingi’s case against him for misconduct in office.

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Former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde speaks to his supporters. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Haarde, who was prime minister when the banks collapsed in 2008, said in a statement that these two items had been the most serious yet he and his lawyer, Andri Árnason, are disappointed that the case wasn’t dismissed in its entirety, as they had requested, ruv.is reports.

Now the case will go to trial, which is expected to begin in the new year. “There are four items of charge left and I am prepared to prove my innocence,” Haarde said. “Hopefully the truth will come out as quickly as possible. As before, I have complete faith in the country’s legal system.”

Althingi’s prosecutor Sigrídur J. Fridjónsdóttir told Morgunbladid that the High Court’s decision doesn’t affect the continuation of the case.

The items of charge that were dismissed include gross neglect of duty in the face of grave danger to Iceland’s financial institutions: and that Haarde didn’t conduct a comprehensive evaluation of financial risk.

The first item was considered too vague and the latter not punishable in a court of law.

Click here to read more about the case against Haarde.

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