Environment minister sets out to clear name

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Dutch Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer has asked a firm of accountants to launch an investigation into her past activities as an environmental activist.

28 August 2008

THE NETHERLANDS -- Dutch Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer has asked a firm of accountants to carry out an investigation into her past activities as an environmental activist.

On Tuesday it was reported that in 1986 she signed a petition in support of the radical publication Bluf! which published documents stolen from the Economic Affairs Ministry concerning plans to build nuclear reactors.

Right-wing MPs have called for an investigation into Cramer's past, saying it is unacceptable that a government minister previously supported illegal actions. However Cramer says she does not remember signing the petition and points out that there are two misspellings in the signature.

Two weeks ago, GreenLeft MP Wijnand Duyvendak stepped down after the publication of his book, in which he described his role in stealing the documents.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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