This evening, Kastljós ran an interview with one Ásbjörn Óttarson, an MP for the Independence Party.* Alongside his parliamentary duties, Ásbjörn runs a fishing company on Snæfellsnes.
A few days ago, DV reported that Ásbjörn had paid himself dividends from his company amounting to ISK 20 million in 2007, despite the fact that the company had registered a loss in 2006. This is illegal. The following year, 2008, he paid himself dividends of ISK 65 million.
After DV broke the story, Fréttablaðið got on Ásbjörn’s case, demanding answers. At that point he promptly paid the ISK 20m back into the company, pleading ignorance of taxation laws [his accountant at the time is now deceased].
What is particularly disturbing about this story [apart from the fact that the guy is an MP and involved in questionable business practices] is that Ásbjörn Óttarson is a member of a committee of parliamentarians appointed to deal with the findings of the Black Report when it is released.
* What else?