Icelandic party renews calls for former minister prosecution, while former PM may still get off

According to Icelandic law, Alþingi cannot now bring former ministers Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Árni M. Mathiesen and Björgvin G. Sigurðsson before the Landsdómur high court as MPs from The Movement have demanded.

Alþingi will this week debate an Independence Party proposal to cancel the criminal case being pursued against former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde. It was decided in December that it would be legal to cancel the trial.

The Movement’s MPs are strongly against stopping the trial and want to see Geir punished for alleged wrongdoing in the lead up to the banking crash, and its aftermath. In fact they yesterday put forward a motion that the other three ministers who escaped trial should now be brought before the Landsdómur.

It was quickly decided that to do so would be illegal for two reasons: one because charges should have been brought against them within one year of the parliamentary committee’s election to investigate the so-called black report into the banking crash. It was that committee which proposed putting four former ministers on trial, but Alþingi members voted to let three of them off. That deadline passed two years ago; and a three year deadline to bring accusations against ministers also lapsed last October.

In response to the lack of parliamentarian-specific laws available, The Movement claimed that the three should now instead be prosecuted under general laws on the negligence of public sector employees.