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Double Salary Paid due to Hanna Birna’s Absence

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Double Salary Paid due to Hanna Birna’s Absence

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, has to pay an additional salary because of former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir’s leave: the salary of the deputy MP who is filling in for her and Hanna Birna’s temporary retaining salary on termination of office.

Hanna Birna resigned as minister on November 21, 2014, following the leak affair—her assistant leaked a confidential document to the media—and announced to Alþingi on December 4, 2015, that she would be on leave from parliament for an undetermined period of time due to personal reasons, ruv.is reports.

It’s unclear when Hanna Birna will return to parliament and she has not responded to a letter from the Constitutional and Supervisory Committee from January 22, requesting that she attend a meeting on the Ombudsman of Alþingi’s verdict on her conduct during the leak affair’s investigation. The former minister is not obligated to attend the meeting.

The ombudsman concluded that Hanna Birna’s interference with the investigation had not been in accordance with rules that ministers must abide by in order to ensure an independent and objective police. The former minister admitted to having made mistakes during the investigation but denied having tried to influence it.

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