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Red Cross Holds Crisis Meeting

Published måndag 8 februari 2010 kl 10.18

The committee of the Swedish Red Cross is holding a crisis meeting on Monday to discuss ways of turning round the negative publicity surrounding the organisation following a fraud scandal and outcry over the wages paid to its Chairman. 

On Saturday two committtee members Dilsa Demirbag-Sten och Jim Dawe, left their posts.

Chairman of the Red Cross Bengt Westberg denied that their decision had anything to do with the fraud charges involving their former communications boss Johan af Donner who's accused of swindling millions of kronor from the organisation and the Swedish Cancer Society to fund an extravagant lifestyle.

Westberg told Sveriges Radio's Ekot that both members had found work outside the Red Cross that made it difficult to find time to combine both jobs.

Westberg himself has come under fire for drawing a reported salary of nearly 70 000 kronor a month. A press conference will take place in Stockholm this lunchtime.

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