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Wanted Iceland Banker Sues Over Arrest Warrant

Sigurdur Einarsson, former chairman of the Icelandic bank Kaupthing, has filed charges with the Supreme Court of Iceland because of the international warrant for his arrest issued by the special prosecutor last week.

Sigurdur Einarsson. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Einarsson’s lawyer, Gestur Jónsson, confirmed this to Fréttabladid yesterday.

The arrest warrant was issued on the basis of a verdict at Reykjavík District Court and Einarsson is filing charges against that verdict.

Jónsson said the ruling had been announced behind closed doors and that neither he nor Einarsson knew about it until two days afterwards.

Special Prosecutor Ólafur Thór Hauksson has for the past two weeks been trying to bring Einarsson, who lives in London, in for questioning in Iceland but in vain.

The former chairman is suspected of having been in breach of the law while he worked for Kaupthing as have other former executives of the bank who have been in custody and are now on a travel ban.

Einarsson was declared wanted by Interpol last week but British police authorities have yet to respond to the special prosecutor’s request to arrest Einarsson and deport him to Iceland.

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