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Top Liberal Official Resigns: Scandal Grows

Published onsdag 6 september 2006 kl 11.54
Liberal Party Secretary Johan Jakobsson (right) with party leader Lars Leijonborg

The party secretary of the opposition Liberal Party has resigned, in connection with the scandal over unauthorized access to the rival Social Democrat party’s internal computer network.

Party Secretary Johan Jakobsson left his position after admitting he had known about the intrusions last March. Jakobsson, called party leader Lars Leijonborg’s right hand man in several newspapers, said he told the Young Liberal official accessing the network to stop, but took no other action.

The party’s press secretary has taken a leave of absence following disclosure that the police are investigating her in connection with the affair.

A public prosecutor has applied to the Stockholm District Court to appoint public defenders for two more people suspected of involvement in the scandal, but she has declined to identify the two suspects.

Swedish Radio News says so far five Liberals have been questioned by the police, and more are expected to be interrogated later this week.

Meanwhile, it’s been reported that a local Liberal politician in a Stockholm suburb was taken into police custody after having too much to drink at a club showing sex films. He’s now resigned his post on the Solna City Council.

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