Alþingi Ombudsman Wants Clearer Answers

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Alþingi Ombudsman Wants Clearer Answers

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Ombudsman of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, Tryggvi Gunnarsson, published yesterday another letter to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, requesting clearer answers about her communication with former Chief of Police Stefán Eiríksson.

Hanna responded to Tryggvi’s previous request last Friday.

Tryggvi is requesting detailed information on the timing of Hanna’s and Stefán’s four meetings, the subject of these meetings and the identity of the person(s) calling Stefán to meetings at the Ministry of the Interior, ruv.is reports.

Tryggvi is also asking for copies of data and formal requests for investigation sent by the police to the ministry after the investigation into a leak of confidential information about an asylum seeker was launched in February.

In Hanna’s response to Tryggvi’s previous letter, she revealed that no documentation about her and Stefán’s conversations were available, given that they had mostly been informal.

Tryggvi stressed in yesterday’s letter that the ministry is obligated by law to register all formal conversations and meetings.

Upon receiving more detailed information from the minister, Tryggvi will decide whether to launch a formal investigation into the affair.

On another issue concerning the government’s work methods, Tryggvi asked Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson in a the letter posted yesterday whether his government has set ethical regulations for ministers, to which it is obligated by law.

If so, Tryggvi would like a copy of the regulations, if not, Tryggvi would like to know whether the ethical regulations determined by the previous government are still valid, as indicated on website of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Both Hanna and Sigmundur have until August 15 to respond to Tryggvi’s enquiries.

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