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MPs Say Leak Affair Minister Probe is Over

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MPs Say Leak Affair Minister Probe is Over

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir on her way to an interview on Stöð 2.

Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

A majority of the constitutional and oversight committee has voted that investigations against the former Minister of the Interior, Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, are over.

The committee voted to officially draw a line under the case from January 8, when the parliamentary ombudsman gave his speech on the matter. In addition to this, Hanna Birna has shouldered political responsibility for her part in the leak affair by resigning as minister, the majority of the committee agrees.

The news of the committee decision was broken by MP Vigdís Hauksdóttir, via Facebook, where she posted the committee’s opinion, RÚV reported.

The committee specifically discussed how confidential information from the Ministry was used, the minister’s constitutional responsibilities, the fact that she resigned, and that her assistant has been criminally charged over the case that saw largely untrue information about an asylum seeker purposefully leaked to the press.

The motion to stop investigating Hanna Birna’s case was voted for by committee members from both ruling coalition parties: Vigdís Hauksdóttir, Karl Garðarsson and Haraldur Einarsson from the Progressive Party and Brynjar Níelsson and Sigríður Andersen from the Independence Party. Committee members from opposition parties voted against the motion but were outnumbered.

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