Center Party MP to take a 'time out' following fraud allegations

Abir al-Sahlani, a member of Sweden's Center Party, is under suspicion for financial fraud and will take a "time out" from her parliamentary work starting Tuesday as a police investigation continues.

Radio Sweden News reports that the Swedish Economic Crime Authority is investigating al-Sahlani on suspicion of fraud for several million Swedish krona. She has not been charged with any crime.

The investigation stems from inconsistencies in the Center Party's financial records for Iraqi aid projects totalling SEK 3.2 million. The two democracy-promotion projects were managed by both al-Sahlani and her father Abid al-Sahlani, a Swedish citizen who is active in Iraqi politics.

Anders W. Jonsson, leader of the Center Party's 23 parliamentarians, said al-Sahlani decided to excuse herself from her political position in parliament as well as a member of the party's executive.

"She has informed me that she has been suspected of crimes from prosecutors. We have agreed that she is will take a time out from her political work," Jonsson told Swedish Radio.