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Eva Joly in a farewell interview

So, Eva Joly gave a final interview on Silfur Egils this afternoon, recorded just after she stepped down as advisor to the Special Prosecutor into the bank collapse. As always, her lucid comments and composed, assured demeanor inspired confidence — to me, at least. I know there are a handful of people out there who don’t share that view — and ain’t afraid to say so.

Here’s what she had to say. On the investigation into the bank collapse:

On the Magma Energy affair:

On Iceland and the European Union:

Big thanks to Lára Hanna for taking the time to upload these to YouTube.



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  • Joerg October 18, 2010, 10:32 am

    Given that the objective of the people you mentioned above is to have the investigation stopped, they might indeed have gained confidence following the demission of Eva Joly. For somebody, who doesn’t want this investigation, it has some logic to deride and ridicule Eva Joly and the Special Procecutor’s team, to cast doubts about their qualification, to hold up or slow down proceedings and later blame the prosecutors for their inefficiency in order to have the public opinion on their side, when it comes to cutting down the funding.

    Eva Joly mentioned the requirement of a sufficient funding. I wouldn’t be surprised, if one of the first moves of a new IP government was to slash the financial means of the prosecutors.

    I can’t imagine that there will ever be reconciliation, if this investigation comes to nothing. So, people, who are trying to sabotage this, are in reality giving the finger to Iceland’s future.

  • Rik Hardy October 18, 2010, 3:27 pm

    Funny how the IP seems to pride itself on the quality of the schools its members went to – where they all presumably did extremely well in debating society. But they appear to have learned nothing of any importance while they were there.
    It’s like the top graduates of the Berlitz language school, who can speak 24 languages fluently, and have nothing to say in any of them.

    PLEASE, Icelanders, don’t let the lying media polls and surveys fool you into thinking that this nation actually wants its worst enemy back in power.
    Britain has already bought the Bush/Cheney story that terrorists are lurking around every corner and the new neocon government is just bursting to use that excuse to spy on everybody’s internet habits and increase the military budget back to crippling levels.
    I mean, WHAT terrorists? – Oh, you mean the ones they keep pretending to have found who were planning an attack after three months, just to keep us terrified and willing to agree to any BS the government wants us to agree to?
    Well, that’s the way IP philosophy goes too.
    Remember Doddson speaking against 80% of Icelanders when he said he supported the illegal invasion of Iraq?
    And you’re gonna vote for THAT again?


    You’d do better to vote for two planks of wood.
    Resistance at all levels is the only way forward. The alternative is an idiotic society doomed to oblivion.

  • Gloria October 18, 2010, 3:49 pm

    @Joerg “People who are trying to sabotage this are in reality giving the finger to Iceland’s future.”

    They have ALWAYS been giving the finger to Iceland’s future, as was anyone who promoted the schemes and irrational financial dealings that gave rise to the current economic crisis (and, I might add, so were those who bought into it without questioning how it could all make sense . . . ).

    It’s no coincidence that the same people who live for their own benefit today and don’t regard the consequences for tomorrow and future generations are typically the same people who claim that global warming is not occurring. George W. Bush, anyone?

  • Kris October 18, 2010, 4:46 pm

    Great interview. I like the knife in the back analogy. Perfect!
    I don’t share her faith in Europe, but I’m not fervent in my opposition.
    Magma is an atrocity. Pure thievery. Utter lunacy.
    Strauss-Kahn as French pres?! Wow! That guy makes DO look like Mother Teresa. I found that news to be shocking. Oh well…
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
    Double, double toil and trouble,
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

  • sylvia hikins October 18, 2010, 7:29 pm

    Thanks for uploading the You Tube clips. Eva Joly is like a breath of fresh air- cool, composed, analytical. It was good to see her speaking out for joining the EU. Her argument was sensibly constructed and I hope will get wide publicity in Iceland. Of course the IP, the old leaders of the clans and elites don’t want to join the EU because it will undermine their influence and naked ambition, diminish their ability to screw profit and control Icelandic resources. A lot of the argument against joining the EU is fear mongering and myth. Joly is right in that you need strong, experienced negotiators. I suppose the question is, where do you intend to go if you stay outside of Europe? What is the big plan?
    I hope she is right in her belief that ‘each and every person will be responsible for what they have done and be tried for it.’ My fear is that long before that job is done, a new government will decide that 60 bright young Icelandic lawyers is too much of an expense to the public purse, and apply cuts in funding that will ensure its demise.
    sylvia from viking wirral

  • Rik Hardy October 19, 2010, 1:49 am

    This blog and its comments are also a breath of fresh air, and Sylvia is a great example of someone who stays in touch and asks the right questions.
    Can we keep a prominent position reserved for her when a REAL government finally returns to Iceland?

    Thanks for this water in the wilderness, Alda.

  • Mike Richards October 19, 2010, 10:17 am

    Please don’t let the IP back – if the people who brought ruin on Iceland are allowed to get into government again, it’ll only encourage the Republicans in America and New Labour in Britain. We need all three parties buried for good.