Left Green minister supports letting former Iceland PM off negligence charges

Ögmundur Jónasson, Iceland’s Minister of the Interior, says he will support an opposition proposal to cancel the ongoing trial of former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde.

Ögmundur has been an outspoken critic of Geir and his government and voted ‘yes’ to trial against all four former ministers implicated for negligence over the banking crash. In the end Alþingi only voted to try the ex-PM, letting the other three off.

Now Ögmundur says that a democratic outcome is the only way forward and that supporters of the trial must not be allowed to stop parliament debating cancelling it, as Independence Party leader Bjarni Benediktsson has requested. Polls show a majority of the public want the trial to stop, with the general sentiment being that it is not fair to pin all the political blame for the banking crisis on one man.

Bjarni will get his wish this Friday, when his proposal to cancel the trial comes up for parliamentary debate. It would be cancelled by repealing the Act authorising the trial, which was passed on 28th September 2010.

The main charges against Geir Haarde have already been dropped; one for being too-vaguely worded and another for not being an offence punishable by law.

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