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Eva Joly on the oligarchs’ arrests

This is slightly belated, but still fascinating: an interview with Eva Joly on Silfur Egils from May 16, in which she speaks about the arrests of the Kaupthing bankers earlier this month.

I didn’t post it earlier because I was counting on Lára Hanna to post it on her blog. The RÚV website, where the interview originally appears, only keeps material like this for a limited time and in any case, it does not seem to be accessible worldwide.

The interview is here and is the first one on that page.

It came at a very important time for us, because as soon as the arrests were made there was an immediate backlash, with select individuals defending the oligarchs very loudly amidst cries of “witch hunts!” etc. For that reason in particular it was reassuring to hear someone like Mme. Joly, who clearly has experience with these things, speak very matter-of-factly about this sort of reaction and declare it to be “normal” — not to mention express her belief that the Icelandic investigation into the bank collapse is progressing well.

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  • sylvia hikins June 1, 2010, 12:14 am

    Thank you Alda for posting this. A rational and strong voice like Eva Joly gives both hope and the expectation that through the courts the truth will be exposed and justice delivered. Let’s hope she is right.
    sylvia from viking wirral
    ps: I’ve read my bit with more care- my last entry talked of ‘sick with democracy’-it should have said ‘stick with democracy’! What a difference a ‘t’ makes!!!

  • Joerg June 1, 2010, 6:40 am

    I couldn’t see the interview so far but calling this a “witch-hunt” seems to be a symptom of a culture of non-accountability, maintaned by those people, who consider the state, its institutions and its public ressources private property of their friends and family. As the media are controlled by exponents of this sort of people, I wouldn’t be surprised to find statements like this in the papers.

    But I don’t see a lynchmob demanding the head of the delinquents. Instead, it rather looks like a – late but – reasonably ballanced action on the the bumpy road to justice. So, those reactions are more than anything showing the contempt for the state and its institutions by the select few.

  • kevin oconnor,waterford ireland June 1, 2010, 3:23 pm

    Yes interesting interview, the most amazing thing apart from the revelations etc, is that they conversed in English Eva Joly (Norwegian born) to Silfur Egils (Leading Icelandic TV journo probably named after the Egils saga) come to think of it this is a fresh saga in the making, Dont ya just love wikipedia it turns even me into an Icelandic expert ha ha. I always thought you as in Swedes,Norwegians, Icelanders could understand one another like us with the yanks etc or were they just doing English for the foreign viewers.

  • kevin oconnor,waterford ireland June 1, 2010, 5:13 pm

    Forgive my ignorance here at ignorance central found a link on Lara Hanna’s blog which went by the enigmatic title of Icelandic News In Norwegian (Problem solved), had an interesting article dwelling on the impossibility of a Icelandic/Norwegian Union

    http://www.islandsk.no/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=499:island-del-av-norge-av-stefna&catid=55:samfunn&Itemid=121

    In which the guy comes up with theory that everything would have to be done in English, problem solved a rather extreme solution, must mention this to the french ambassador next time I see him/her, should go down well, they convert to English,absolutely splendid idea old boy ha ha.