Iceland is jailing bankers – we’re still giving them bonuses


Iceland’s Supreme Court have sentenced four bank bosses from Kaupthing bank to serve jail time, according to

Bankers Sigurdur Einarsson, former chairman of the board, Hreidar Mar Sigurdsson, the former chief executive, Magnus Gudmundsson, the former chief executive of the Luxembourg branch and Olafur Olafsson, one of the majority owners, were sentenced to jail time of between four and five and a half years each.

The court found that they hid the fact that Qatari investor Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Bin Hamad al-Thani bought a stake in Kaupthing, using money borrowed illegally from the bank itself.

Al-Thani’s purchase, a 5.1 per cent share, was announced only a few weeks before the bank collapsed. It was seen as a confidence boost for the bank while rumours circulated that it was in trouble.

These are the heaviest sentences for financial fraud in Iceland’s history. The four will have to pay their own legal costs for the case, which amount to 82 million kronur or approximately 670 thousand US dollars.

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Meanwhile, in the UK – where bank bonus culture continues unabated – the former boss of a huge multinational bank (HSBC) that illegally helped more than 7,000 customers to avoid paying their taxes appears to be under the protection of the country’s prime minister – whose own family (as has been well-established) made its money from advising people on how to avoid paying taxes.

HM Revenue and Customs has identified 1,100 UK citizens who could be prosecuted for avoiding tax – only one person has faced such prosecution.

One of the UK’s most respected newspapers, the Daily Telegraph, has been avoiding the story (allegedly) because it wants to protect a lucrative advertising contract with HSBC.

Our government of Conservative Party and Liberal Democrat MPs is – as far as anybody can see – protecting the people who caused the financial crash of 2007 onwards, along with those who – by withholding the tax money they owe the UK Treasury – have forced unnecessary austerity onto the poorest people in the country.

It is estimated that thousands – perhaps tens of thousands – of people have died because of benefit cuts and sanctions that have been administered either by fraud or error.

Yet the Conservative Party is still expected to return nearly 300 members to Parliament on May 8.

Can anybody explain that?

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  1. Mr.Angry February 19, 2015 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    If this wasn’t so blatantly serious it could make a brilliant TV comedy series, how DC and GO can stand back and try and side track the issue is unreal.

    Let’s watch the cover-up unravel they are not going to upset their donors are they.

    Ed could make a killing on this why not prove to the electorate for once and for all the working class have had enough of this illicit behavior and people as a result have died.

    If they tackled this in an appropriate manner a huge sum could be gained to sort the alleged deficit and the unscrupulous bankers brought to justice as an example of this scandalous behavior.

  2. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl) February 19, 2015 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    I can’t improve on Mr. Angry’s comments for which I thank him.

  3. amnesiaclinic February 19, 2015 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Excellent news! Well done, Iceland to have the guts to go against the international criminal cartel.

    What would be even better would be for this to be all over the front pages of the msm!!

    Not holding my breath!

  4. Jim Round February 19, 2015 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    One of the UK’s most “allegedly” respected newspapers, the Daily Telegraph,
    There you go, corrected that for you :-)

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