DFs in court case: Remember it between 9 and 12

Three hours of a summer group meeting are clear in Alex Ahrendtsen’s memory, while the rest is more unclear.

Member of the Norwegian Parliament Alex Ahrendtsen (DF) clearly remembers what happened between 9 am and 12 pm at the Color Hotel in Skagen on 4 August 2015.

He also clearly remembers that the following day Morten Messerschmidt said to the participants at the Danish People’s Party’s summer group meeting that “as you will know, yesterday we were at the EU seminar, as we were last year, organized by our European party”.

Ahrendtsen explains this on Thursday in the Court at Frederiksberg. He has been summoned as a witness in the criminal case against Morten Messerschmidt, who is accused of fraud with EU money.

Ahrendtsen is one of the new witnesses. He did not give an explanation when the case was heard last summer at the Court in Lyngby – the case which had to be rescheduled due to the judge’s incapacity.

The prosecution believes that Messerschmidt has cheated money out of the EU by pretending that a separate EU conference was held. In doing so, he has achieved that expenses which should have been paid by DF were instead paid by the EU.

It is Messerschmidt’s defender, Peter Schradieck, who has summoned Ahrendtsen. When the case went on in Lyngby, Messerschmidt’s then defense lawyer Peter Trudsø had not summoned separate witnesses.

The decisive point in the case was whether the Danish People’s Party’s summer group meeting in August 2015 included an EU conference organized by the EU party Meld, of which Morten Messerschmidt was chairman.

– In other words, what stood out dramatically compared to other years was the extent of the EU substance on Tuesdays. I clearly remember that it was from 9-12 that we treated it politically, and then after lunch it was a bit more resolved, says Alex Ahrendtsen.

To this day, he has no doubt that he was at a separate event.

– It was organized by the European group. It was Morten who was responsible for it, and it was Morten who offered the welcome, says Alex Ahrendtsen.

The case’s prosecutors, Rasmus Maar Hansen and Andreas Myllerup Laursen, are interested, among other things, in what Alex Ahrendtsen remembers about the event.

How had he ended up on a participant list for a Meld event, and what else happened in more detail at the summer group meeting.

But while Ahrendtsen’s memory was quite clear when it came to whether there was an EU day or not, the memories were not quite so clear about the rest.

– What is clear in my memory is what happened from 9-12. The second is a bit unclear, says Alex Ahrendtsen.


Source: Kristeligt Dagblad – Latest articles. by www.kristeligt-dagblad.dk.

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