Jailed former MP rejects race justice
15 January 2007, AMSTERDAM — Former Liberal VVD Dutch MP Patricia Remak has dismissed her conviction for fraud as an aberration, class justice and racial justice.
15 January 2007
AMSTERDAM — Former Liberal VVD Dutch MP Patricia Remak has dismissed her conviction for fraud as an aberration, class justice and racial justice.
Remak, who is black, said on the television programme NOVA on Saturday night that police had ignored evidence that was in her favour.
She was recently jailed for failing to give a correct declaration of income received on top of the money paid too her as a former MP.
Initially, she was not being paid any additional income, but she later found work as a provincial public servant and with the Finance Ministry.
Remak claims she contacted the social security authority UWV and asked what she needed to do, but was allegedly told her income was not in breach of regulations.
The former MP said she was dismayed by her jail term, having thought the issue would be punished with a fine. She will appeal against the ruling.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news