Former Icelandic PM charged, wishes it had come sooner

Geir H. Haarde, former Prime Minister of Iceland, has had formal charges laid against him in the High Court case over his alleged incompetence before and during the banking crisis. He has criticised the process openly.

Haarde told RUV that it is bordering on the scandalous that it has taken two civil servants, the presecutor of Althingi (parliament) and their assistants seven months to lay formal charges against him.

He added the opinion that the charges are almost exactly the same, word-for-word, as the parliamentary resolution passed by Althingi on the 28th September. The prosecutor was appointed on the 12th October and could, judging by the charges laid, easily have completed the task in a few days, allowing proceedings to begin right away.

Haarde also feels that it is strange that the president of the High Court, who is also a Supreme Court judge, should have allowed such practices. The High Court will begin its case on the 7th June.

The Icelandic High Court is a group of judges, professors and appointed experts who are always on standby to try elected officials. They are not to be confused with the High Court in London; as the equivalent of that is the Supreme Court of Iceland. The High Court has never before been called together in the 65 years of the Republic of Iceland.

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