The European Court of Human Rights announced their ruling in the case of former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde versus the State of Iceland this morning, Vísir reports. The court ruled that Geir’s rights were not violated by Landsdómur, a special tribunal which charged him guilty for not addressing the problems Icelandic banks were facing or their potential consequences at cabinet meetings preceding the banking collapse.
Geir referred the case to the European Court of Human Rights on the grounds that he had not received a fair trial in Landsdómur, stating also that the Icelandic parliament’s decision to press charges against him was taken on political grounds.
The case is a historic one in Iceland, marking the first time an Icelandic minister was indicted for misconduct in office. Geir was criticized by the Special Investigative Commission into the banking collapse in their April 2010 report, where he was accused of negligence in office. He stood before Landsdómur, a special tribunal for such cases, which convicted him on one count but acquitted him of the most serious violations. Despite not being sentenced, Geir referred the case to the European Court of Human Rights, which announced their resolution today. The court’s resolution can be read here.