The new prime minister of Iceland has resigned after it has emerged that his father tried to have a convicted paedophile’s honour restored. Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson assumed office in January but has now called for a new election after his party lost the majority.
The Bright Future party, one of the three in Benediktsson’s coalition government, has announced it was withdrawing due to a “breach of trust.” It has learnt from reports that Benediktsson tried to cover up allegations that his father, Benedikt Sveinsson, wrote a letter to help Hjalti Sigurjon Hauksson “restore his honour.”
Hauksson was convicted in 2004 of raping his stepdaughter for 12 years, from when she was just 5 years old. Under the country’s laws, a person who has served a sentence for serious crimes can apply to have their honour restored, which means their criminal record will be erased. This allows them to seek employment. The