SD party leader Jimmie Åkesson.Photo:Janerik Henriksson/TT
former party secretary claims

Sweden Democrats "cheated" to boost party coffers

The Sweden Democrats (SD), created a women's association on paper with the simple aim of duping parliament into paying SEK 1.4 million in grants to offset a costly national election campaign, writes Aftonbladet. The party's former Permanent Secretary, Daniel Assai, made the claims to the tabloid, saying that it was an elaborate strategy to boost party coffers."Our economy was at rock bottom after the election campaign," said Assai, who has today severed all ties with the Sweden Democrats.

On Tuesday lunchtime it was announced that the Prosecution Authority will investigate to determine whether a case of fraud has been committed.

"I'll bring in the articles written to see if a crime has been committed," says chief prosecutor Anders Jakobsson to Dagens Industri. He adds that if there is reason to suspect that a crime has been committed, then he would consider a possible investigation.

In Tuesday's tabloid story, the former Sweden Democrat Party Secretary Daniel Assai told Aftonbladet that shortly after the election of 2010, he, along with party leader Jimmie Åkesson and the then Treasurer Per Björklund, helped tamper an application to the parliamentary political parties' donations committee and with Tippex crossed out the "SD women's network " and changed it to "Sweden Democrats' women's association", an association which Daniel Assai said did not exist at the time of the application in the autumn of 2010. 

According to Aftonbladet, funding to the "network" would not be under the control of the leadership, while money to fund the party's women's association would.

The Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson told Aftonbladet that he could not answer whether the women's association existed or not when he applied for funding."No, I cannot answer that," he said to Aftonbladet and left the interview.

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