Prosecution clears LPF of fraud allegations

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1 September 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) said on Wednesday that it had failed to find any indications of fraud in the finances of the Dutch populist LPF party.

1 September 2004

AMSTERDAM — The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) said on Wednesday that it had failed to find any indications of fraud in the finances of the Dutch populist LPF party.

The OM conducted a preliminary inquiry into possible fraud after a former party executive handed over documents to police.

The OM has confirmed no evidence of fraud was found. The documents have since been returned to former LPF executive chief Henrick Fabius, who has ruled out making an official police report, news agency ANP reported.

During the investigation, an unnamed LPF member also contacted the OM in Rotterdam, also asserting that he wanted to surrender documents to authorities and wished to file an official police statement.

The OM did not hear anything further from the LPF member and later initiated renewed contact. But the man said on Tuesday that he had decided against making a statement and would not hand over party documents.

The LPF has been plagued by controversy in its short-lived existence and recently failed to in a bid to claim bankruptcy.

That embarrassment came after party infighting led to the collapse of the Christian Democrat CDA, Liberal VVD and LPF coalition government at the end of 2002 and the party was reduced to eight parliamentary seats at the hands of the electorate in January 2003.

The fraud controversy was the last straw for the LPF parliamentary faction last week, which officially cut ties from the party executive in protest against its continued leadership battles and resulting internal chaos.

LPF MPs are now seeking to set up a new party with local party Liveable Rotterdam (Leefbaar Rotterdam). The two political groupings hope to set up a united movement dedicated to the ideas of the Pim Fortuyn, who led both fledgling parties before his assassination in May 2002.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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