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Prosecutor Can Access Iceland’s Ex-PM’s Emails

By Iceland Review

Sigrídur Fridjónsdóttir, the prosecutor representing the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, in its case against Geir H. Haarde, who was prime minister at the time of the banking collapse in 2008, for alleged misconduct in office can now access all his emails since he first took office, as announced by the High Court (Landsdómur) yesterday.


Former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Fridjónsdóttir told Morgunbladid that the next step is to obtain electronic copies of all of Haarde’s email communication and review them. It is uncertain how long it will take.

“We will work through it and if there is anything in these emails that we believe might be used as evidence in this case we will print it out,” Fridjónsdóttir said.

Today she will demand that Reykjavík District Court decides that the National Archives of Iceland can pass on reports that were made in the process of the Althingi Special Investigative Commission’s investigation of the banking collapse.

Fridjónsdóttir believes a decision will be made to that regard by the end of this week. As for when Althingi’s case against Haarde can begin before the High Court, Fridjónsdóttir said, “It is at least our goal to submit a charge and documents to the court before Easter.”

According to, the High Court also dismissed a demand yesterday that Haarde’s lawyer, Andri Árnason, be granted access to the same information to which the prosecutor has requested access to from the National Archives of Iceland.

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