Former city council member faces charges

A former Reykjavík City council member for the Independence Party, Júlíus Vífill Ingvarsson, has been charged with money laundering. Kjarninn was first to report on the matter. The charges were sent to the Reykjavík District Court on June 28 by the district attorney, but they have not yet been presented to Júlíus Vífill, due to delays, according to mbl.is.

In a Facebook post this morning, Júlíus Vífill describes the charges as “surprising and disappointing.”

As reported by mbl.is in September of last year, Júlíus Vífill has been under investigation by the district attorney on suspicion of major tax evasion and money laundering. His attorney, Sigurður G. Guðjónsson, is not allowed to represent him in the case, because the district attorney contemplated asking Sigurður to give a statement in the case.

Júlíus Vífill resigned as city council member in 2016 in the wake of the Panama Papers, (millions of leaked documents from a Panama law firm, detailing information about off-shore companies and accounts), which revealed that he had established and off-shore company in Panama.

Júlíus Vífill declined to comment when contacted by mbl.is recently.

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