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Panama Papers Interview Prompts Iceland's Prime Minister To Storm Out

'It's like you are accusing me of something.'

05/04/2016 10:14

Iceland's Prime Minister has walked out of a TV interview after being asked questions about his connection to a secretive tax haven in Panama.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson refused to continue speaking to journalists after being asked a about whether he had money in a secretive tax haven in Panama, with large claims on Iceland's collapsed banks.

The country's leader has come under increasing pressure to resign after allegations he and his wife set up a company in the British Virgin Islands with the help of a law firm at the centre of the 'Panama papers' tax evasion leak.

In an interview recorded in March with Swedish television company SVT, Gunnlaugsson said: "Now I'm starting to feel a bit strange about these questions because it's like you are accusing me of something."

Seeming more agitated, Gunnlaugsson later told the journalists: "You are indicating that I have not paid taxes."

He eventually stood up and refused to continue the discussion, saying he was tricked into coming to the interview.

Watch the full clip and Gunnlaugsson walking out above.

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Gunnlaugsson walking out.

Iceland's opposition is calling on Gunnlaugsson and the government to resign, saying the Panama deal was a conflict of interest.

Gunnlaugsson and his wife are accused of being involved in deals with claimants on the country's bankrupt banks, but insists his wife's tax records are in order and that he won't resign.

But pressure is mounting after Iceland's 2008 bank failures.

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Gunnlaugsson became increasingly uncomfortable.

Thousands of protesters gathered outside Iceland’s parliament on Monday after the country’s prime minister was linked to the Panama Papers.

The reports have prompted calls for a no-confidence vote in parliament against him, The Associated Press reported.

Police estimated that around 8,000 people - one of the largest protests seen in the capital city of Reykjavik - gathered outside the parliament building in protest.

Participants blew whistles, banged pots and pans, set off fireworks and stomped the barricades separating the protest site from the parliament building.

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