Pedophile scandal ices Iceland PM
COpenHaGen — Iceland’s president Saturday accepted the resignation of the island’s prime minister, who says a new election mostly likely will be held on nov. 4.
pm bjarni benediktsson lost his nine-month-old, centre-right coalition after one party quit over an attempt by the pm’s father to help clear the name of a convicted pedo-phile. presi-dent Gudni th. Johannesson met Saturday with benediktsson and was meeting with other party leaders later in the day.
a small centrist party, bright Future, quit the ruling coalition Friday after it emerged that benediktsson’s father had written a letter urging a pardon for Hjalti Sigurjon Hauksson, who was convicted in 2004 of raping his stepdaughter almost every day for 12 years.
under Iceland’s judicial system, a person who has served a sentence for a serious crime can apply to authorities to “restore their honour” and seek employment again, meaning their criminal record is erased.