Today Icelandic songstress Björk Guðmundsdóttir, writer Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir and architect Jón Þórisson, assistant to Eva Joly, submitted a formal request to the Parliamentary Ombudsman to conduct an in-depth and thorough review of the sale of HS Orka to Magma Energy of Canada.
The submitted document [which Lára Hanna publishes in full on her website] states that in light of the controversy and lack of transparency surrounding the negotiations and sale of HS Orka to Magma, it is imperative for the Parliamentary Ombudsman to conduct a careful review to see whether public interests have been adequately protected, and whether the government followed laws and proper administration procedures in this matter.
The request moreover states that this matter is of vast importance for the Icelandic public and that the decisions made now regarding the sale of Iceland’s natural resources not only concern the current generation, but also future generations.
From what I can see, the request [which is similar to a formal complaint, only a complaint can only be submitted by interested parties, which these three are not; hence this formal ábending, or request] is very well composed and presented in a direct and easy to understand manner.
The Magma-HS Orka sale is one of the main issues under discussion in Icelandic society right now. One of the things being pointed out is just what JimJones points out in the comments to this post, namely that, in approving the sale, the letter of the law was obeyed, but not the spirit of the law. Fréttablaðið discussed this in its editorial yesterday, and pointed out that one of the findings of the SIC report [Black Report] was that Icelandic public administration is steeped in precisely this tendency: to interpret the letter of the law far too literally, ignoring the spirit of the law. Food for thought, for all of us here.