Chaos in Iceland after prime minister’s father tries to clear pedophile’s name

Iceland’s government was in shambles Friday after a coalition party quit because the prime minister’s father has tried to clear a pedophile’s name, according to reports.

The centrist Bright Future Party, which had four seats in Iceland’s parliament, the Althini, said in a Facebook post that there was “a serious breach of trust” behind its withdrawal.

Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson took office in January with his Independence Party, the Reform Party and the centrists. Together the three parties held the slimmest of majorities — 32 of the 63 seats in parliament following the Oct. 29 elections.

Benediktsson’s father, Benedikt Sveinsson, had helped a convicted child molester apply for a clause in the country’s judicial system allowing those who’ve served sentences for serious crimes to “restore their honor.”

In 2004, Hjalti Sigurjon Hauksson was convicted of raping his stepdaughter almost every day for 12 years, and sentenced to five years in the slammer…

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