It does not happen every day that the company is attacked with the force we have witnessed in the last few weeks. Samherji tried to respond to the allegations put forward in a responsible manner. Its manifestations were twofold. On the one hand, Thorsteinn Már Baldvinsson, the CEO of Samherji, temporarily stepped aside and on the other the board of Samherji hired the Norwegian law firm Wikborg Rein to investigate the accusations.
We already see that a large part of the accusations made against Samherji are unfounded. Recently, we corrected the wrong stories published by Stundin newspaper and RÚV about the company Cape Cod FS. As stated in an announcement on Samherji's website, Cape Cod FS was never owned by Samherji or its affiliates, but it was owned by JPC Shipmanagement which provided companies affiliated with Samherji with crewing of vessels in the group's operations. The fact that Samherji never owned Cape Cod FS means that there is no basis for the money laundering allegations related to payments to the company. Samherji's attorneys have met with both the tax authorites in Iceland and the The District Prosecutor and have provided them with all relevant information about this. Attorneys from Wikborg Rein also met with The District Prosecutor and have been in contact with the Norwegian Economic Crime Department, Økokrim in Oslo.
A total of 18,497 emails have been published from Jóhannes Stefánsson's mailbox from 2014-2016. We have learned that Jóhannes only handed over 42% of emails from the period in question because 44,028 emails from the period in question were in is inbox.
This method, to cherry-pick emails, must raise more questions than it answers. What is the content of the unpublished emails? Why were the periods in question chosen but not the whole period? The fact that 58% of the emails were never published must be food for thought for those who believe that Jóhannes Stefánsson's account of events is correct and consistent with the truth.
Samherji is currently analyzing other allegations against the company than those mentioned above. Many of them are very serious, but so far only one side has been covered in the media. It is difficult for the company and its employees to remain silent under this. You can rest assured that we will respond to all these allegations. However, I urge you to be patient and understanding because this will take time.
The widespread attack on the company over the past few weeks has been an even more difficult task than the one we faced in The Central Bank Case. However, we know that together we will endure this. I want you to know that Samherji's executives are indefinitely grateful for your contribution to the company. Without you, the company would not be a leader in the European fisheries industry. We will do everything we can to ensure it continues that way.
interim CEO of Samherji