InDefence wants to call Darling to testify at Haarde trial

The financial campaigning group InDefence is unhappy that only Icelandic politicians, civil servants and bankers are being called as witnesses to the trial of former Icelandic Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde. They want to see Alistair Darling called to testify.

There is a desperate need for foreign perspectives who could fill in crucial details in the case against Geir, and his defence at the Landsdómur court, it is claimed.

InDefence has therefore officially called on the prosecutor in the case to call the following as witnesses to the court:

1. Alistair Darling, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK

2. Hector Sants, President of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the UK

3. Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England

4. Timothy Geithner, former governor of the Federal Reserve in the USA

InDefence is still calling for answers as to the reasons behind Britain’s use of anti-terrorism legislation against Iceland. It would also be interesting, the group says, to find out how Alistair Darling felt after his meeting in London with a rather large Icelandic delegation, including the then-commerce minister, in September 2008; which is mentioned in his book “Back from the Brink”.

The InDefence group also complained that the general public are not able to follow the case through broadcast media and that the public do not have full and direct access to information and transcripts of testimony of protagonists and witnesses in the court room.

InDefence calls on the Landsdómur to fix the ‘problems’ without delay, RÚV reported.