Geir Haarde
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Icelands former PM goes on trial

Former Icelandic Prime Minister Geir Haarde is on trial at a special court on charges of "failures of ministerial responsibility" in his handling of the 2008 financial crisis.

The country's three main banks collapsed amid economic turmoil.

The failure of Icesave, which hit thousands of savers in the UK and Netherlands, led to a dispute over compensation, which remains unresolved.

Mr Haarde has called the case a "farce" and says he wants it to be thrown out.

  • 05 Sep 2011
  • From the section Europe
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