“The court’s coverage of the item for which he was convicted shows how serious the charges were. The conclusion is an indictment for [Geir H. Haarde] and the same can be said about the other items,” commented Sigríður J. Friðjónsdóttir, the parliament’s prosecutor, to Fréttablaðið on Monday's verdict.
“The coverage of the court shows that there was full reason to have a trial. It says that Geir made various wrongdoings, and negligence of various kinds is mentioned, even though he isn’t found guilty of everything,” she added.
“Of course I expected as a prosecutor in this case that he would also be convicted for other items, but there is no point in arguing with the judges,” Sigríður admitted. “It is less than what we aimed for, that is clear, but of course it was a difficult case.”
She elaborated that it had been difficult to demonstrate what Geir should have done and how he could have prevented damage to be caused with the evidence on which the charges were based.
“One didn’t know how it would turn out but hoped that it would be enough. It turned out that it wasn’t,” Sigríður said of the charges for which Geir was acquitted.
“Naturally it was the evaluation of the plaintiff, Alþingi in this case, that conviction was more likely than not. I found it hard to predict whether a conviction was likely, although I did find it more likely than not,” she concluded.
Chairman of the Icelandic Bar Association, Brynjar Níelsson, commented to Morgunblaðið that the verdict is a very serious blow for the majority of parliamentarians who filed charges against the former prime minister.