As I wrote about a few days ago, a London judge has expressed doubts that old Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson [ex-oligarch] has made a full disclosure of his assets, as he was ordered to do by the court.
The Glitnir resolution committee, which has brought charges against Jón Ásgeir in New York, claims it has evidence that JÁJ has transferred a large share of his assets to his wife, Ingibjörg Pálmadóttir.
The committee has requested that JÁJ provide them with a list of all the assets that were put in her name over the last three years; however, he has refused on the grounds that “he is not obliged to disclose that information,” according to a committee report.
The committee, however, presents evidence that seems to indicate that JÁJ is not being entirely upfront. It lists a bunch of examples, such as his claim that a Rolls Royce in his name was actually a birthday present to his wife and belongs to her [though his name is clearly on the papers], and that the Hotel 101, for which they are both listed, is actually hers exclusively and that their joint listing was a “mistake”.
[Clearly Jón Ásgeir is just as incompetent in keeping track of his assets as he was in running a bank.]
And speaking of assets — DV revealed a couple of days ago that JÁJ is actually on the payroll of 365 Media [publisher of Fréttablaðið] as a “consultant” and pockets a cool ISK 800,000 a month — about four times what a regular labourer makes working full time. Which might not be so bad if he himself his wife wasn’t the primary owner and chairman of the board of 365 Media.
Meanwhile, I have to say to Fréttablaðið’s credit that they are doing a pretty good job reporting on JÁJ’s, er, troubles, even at times leaning towards mild ridicule. However, just so everyone is clear, they almost always end their reports with this little clause:
Ingibjörg Pálmadóttir is Chairman of the Board of 365, which publishes Fréttablaðið.
Kind of like, wink wink, we’d like to tell you more … but we can’t.
Meanwhile, this is Halldór today:
Finally, props to Halldór: I don’t recall him lampooning Davíð Oddsson once while he [Halldór] worked under him on Morgunblaðið, but he seems to have no qualms about doing just that with JÁJ. Which may or may not say something about Doddsson’s tyranny, or Fréttablaðið’s autonomy, or maybe something else entirely that we just don’t know about here at the IWR.
UPDATE!! Someone has just pointed out that Halldór did draw at least one cartoon of Davíd Oddsson while working at Morgunblaðið. This one was drawn three days after Doddsson took over as editor. I’m not sure if there were many more, though — it seemed to me that he was conspicuously absent from Halldór’s drawings after that.