Chairman of the Red Cross Bengt Westerberg

Red Cross Holds Crisis Meeting

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 Westerberg denied that their decision had anything to do with the fraud charges involving their former communications boss Johan af Donner, who is accused of swindling millions of kronor from the organisation and the Swedish Cancer Society to fund an extravagant lifestyle.

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

Westerberg himself has come under fire for drawing a reported salary of nearly 70,000 kronor a month, giving him the equivalent of over 100,000 US dollars per year.

In a press conference held in Stockholm on Monday, Westerberg announced that he will continue as chairman. He will work without pay, however, until Sweden's Red Cross member organizations vote to decide what his salary should be.

The answer should come in May this year.

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