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President of Iceland Dismisses Criticism

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson rejects the criticism he is subject to in the report of a task force on ethical issues which was published along with the Special Investigative Commission’s report on Monday.

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

In an interview with Rás 2 radio yesterday, Grímsson said that the report is full of misstatements and errors.

The president stated it is not true that he flew with Ingibjörg Pálmadóttir, Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson’s wife, in Baugur Group’s private jet and that he never met Sheik Mohamed bin Khalifa Al-Thani of Qatar, whose trade with Kaupthing is under investigation by the Special Prosecutor, visir.is reports.

In the report, the president is subject to extremely harsh criticism and it is proposed that the presidential office be redefined. Grímsson denies having misused his position and says it is ridiculous that he should resign because of the report’s conclusions.

Grímsson criticizes the task force for having made so many errors in the few pages on which his affairs are covered. However, he said he is satisfied that in seven of the nine volumes of the crisis report, the presidential office isn’t mentioned at all.

Click here to read more about the criticism the president was subject to.

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