From Iceland — Haarde Off The Hook?

Haarde Off The Hook?

Published January 18, 2012

Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson said he will support a resolution submitted by the Independence Party calling for charges of mismanagement and neglect against former prime minister Geir H. Haarde to be dropped.

Vísir now reports that Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson has said he will support the measure. Another member of his party, Guðfríður Lilja Grétarsdóttir, has already said she will do the same.
While the news has caused quite an upset within the Leftist-Greens – especially as Ögmundur originally voted in favour of charging Geir – support elsewhere in parliament is also mixed.
Other members of the ruling coalition have shown support for the measure, among them Kristján Möller and Sigmundur Ernir Rúnarsson, both Social Democrats. At the same time, other Social Democrats, such as Róbert Marshall, believe the trial cannot and should not be stopped. While The Movement is united in their belief the trial should continue, members of the Progressive Party are apparently divided.
With support for ending the trial now hanging in the balance, almost evenly divided among MPs on both sides of the aisle, it is uncertain if Geir will walk or complete his trial.

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