Iceland opposition leader ramps up pressure on special prosecutor

The head of Iceland’s Independence Party has publicly criticised special prosecutor into the banking crisis, Olafur Th. Hauksson, for not having laid more charges than he already has. Bjarni Benediktsson said that public impatience is understandable.

Benediktsson said on Bylgjan radio that he can understand impatience at the fact that more charges have not been laid against those responsible for the banking collapse in autumn 2008. He said that expectations have been raised several times and then dissipated slowly as nothing actually happens.

He said that he read in the papers last week that the special prosecutor expects to be able to lay charges in the near future; adding that public impatience is understandable and it is important to see some solid action soon.