Morten Messerschmidt. Photo: Steen Brogaard.

Messerschmidt acquitted of cheating with EU funds

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The chairman of the Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti), Morten Messerschmidt, has been acquitted of cheating with EU funds.

This is reported by several Danish media, including

Morten Messerschmidt was accused of cheating with EU funds of almost DKK 100,000, which should have happened in 2015 when the money given to the European party Meld was used in violation of the rules to finance the Danish People’s Party’s summer group meeting.

Morten Messerschmidt pleaded not guilty, saying that the money was used for a summer group meeting, which the court could not deny had happened.

Messerschmidt was convicted in August last year by the Court in Lyngby, but subsequently the trial judge was declared incompetent after it emerged that he had liked a post on Facebook that was critical of the Danish People’s Party and the case had to be reopened.

Today’s acquittal in the Court of Frederiksberg also applies to a co-defendant assistant.

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