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Blunder in Case Against Former Prime Minister?

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Blunder in Case Against Former Prime Minister?

The lawyer for former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde claims that Althingi, Iceland’s Parliament, has broken the law on the special High Court which handles cases against government ministers. The law says that a prosecutor should be selected concurrently when prosecution is decided. An important point may be the fact that the vote to prosecute the former minister was taken at the end of session number 138. However, on October 1, session number 139 began. The defense lawyer, Andri Árnason, claims that this means that a decision on the prosecutor can’t be said to have taken place at the same time.

geirhhaarde-banking08Former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

The special parliamentary committee on the economic crises met on Thursday. Two members of the Independence party left the meeting, claiming that the committee had finished its task and should not select a prosecutor. The rest of the members stayed on.

According to RÚV, Sigrídur J. Fidjónsdóttir is most likely to be appointed special prosecutor in the case and Helgi Magnús Gunnarsson as her substitute.

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