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Baugur boss Johannesson resigns from House of Fraser board

Former Baugur boss Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson has resigned from the board of department store group house of Fraser after a $2bn (£1.3bn) fraud lawsuit was filed against him in the US.

Jóhannesson tendered his resignation on Thursday, the Financial Times reported, almost four years after he led the consortium that took House of Fraser private.

The winding-up board of Icelandic bank Glitnir this week accused Johannesson of  a “sweeping conspiracy” to “fraudulently drain over $2bn out of the bank” when he was its leading shareholder before its collapse in 2008.

Jóhannesson has denied the allegations.

People familiar with the situation said his position on the House of Fraser board had become untenable after the UK High Court issued a freezing order on his worldwide assets in connection with the US lawsuit.

At the height of its power, Baugur controlled a swathe of the UK high street including Oasis, Warehouse, Karen Millen, Whistles and held stakes in Debenhams and French Connection, until it also collapsed following the Icelandic financial crisis.

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  • Hope he ends up in jail and takes a few more down with him, an empire built on bluster. One in the eye for all his toadying sycophants - you know who you are.

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