Former Iceland PM faces charges

Iceland’s parliament voted to bring court charges for negligence against former Prime Minister Geir Haarde, who led the country during events leading to the country’s banking collapse in 2008. The parliament declined to press charges against the former foreign and finance ministers, Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir and Arni Mathiesen, as well as former business minister Bjorgvin Sigurdsson. A court hearing would mean the first sitting of the Landsdomur, a special chamber set up in 1905 to try government ministers accused of crimes. The next step is that parliament will appoint a special prosecutor who will bring the charges against Haarde before the court.