[JURIST] Former prime minister of Iceland Geir Haarde [official profile, in Icelandic] went on trial Monday on charges of negligence relating to the 2008 financial crisis [JURIST news archive]. The charges stem from the collapse of the country's three major banks in 2008 while Haarde was leader of the country's ruling Independence Party. The trial originally began in September [JURIST report] with Haarde's lawyers moving to dismiss all of the charges against him, a request which was denied. Haarde pleaded...

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