Former Icelandic prime minister Geir Haarde guilty of negligence over 2008 financial crisis

Monday 23 April 2012 19.19
Geir Haarde denied all four charges of negligence
Geir Haarde denied all four charges of negligence

Former Icelandic prime minister Geir Haarde has been found guilty of one charge related to negligence in connection with the country’s financial crisis.

A special court found Mr Haarde guilty of failing to hold dedicated cabinet meetings ahead of the crisis in 2008.

However, the head of the Landsdomur court said that Mr Haarde will not be punished.

Mr Haarde had denied the charge and the three others made against him.

The special court of impeachment was set up in 1905, but the Haarde case was its first trial.

He is the only political leader in the world to face prosecution over the crisis in the world economy.

"It is absurd," Mr Haarde told reporters after the verdict.

"It is obvious that the majority of the judges have found themselves pressed to come up with a guilty verdict on one point, however minor, to save the neck of the parliamentarians who instigated this."