Iceland’s First Lady linked to offshore dealings

Dorrit Moussaieff, First Lady of Iceland.

Dorrit Moussaieff, First Lady of Iceland. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Eggert Jóhannesson

First Lady of Iceland, Dor­rit Moussai­eff, reportedly has family connections to at least five Swiss bank accounts and two offshore companies. Her husband, the President, has gone on record as saying he has no knowledge of such connections.

The revelations emerge from information provided by whistle-blowers to Le Monde, Süddeuts­he Zeit­ung and the ICJ as part of the so-called ‘Swiss Leaks’ and ‘Panama Papers’.

The new information does not point to any illegal activity on the part of Moussaieff, say journalists at Reykjavik Media, but raise question marks regarding any possible profit made by the First Lady via her parents’ offshore interests and whether such assets have been declared.

Earlier Panama Papers revelations sparked mass protests in Reykjavik and ...

Earlier Panama Papers revelations sparked mass protests in Reykjavik and led to the downfall of the Prime Minister. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Golli

According to the Reykjavik Media website, Moussaieff has declined to answer questions on her alleged involvement in two offshore companies – stating simply that her business has always been compliant with the law and is a private matter.

She has also sent a statement to Reykjavik Media stating that her financial affairs and those of the President have always been entirely separate.

The President’s personal secretary Órnólfur Thorsson has confirmed in a statement that “[the President] has never had any knowledge of his wife’s financial connections with her parents or other relatives, or of her parents’ plans for after their death.”

“He knew nothing about any of this.”

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and Dorrit Moussaieff.

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and Dorrit Moussaieff. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Ómar Óskarsson

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