Communists take no action against Ransdorf over fraud allegations

The Communist Party does not plan to suspend the membership of Miloslav Ransdorf, an MEP for the party who was recently arrested in Switzerland on suspicion of an attempted fraud. After a meeting of the Communists' central committee on Saturday at which Mr. Ransdorf presented materials relating to his case, party leader Vojtěch Filip said that it was an advisory body and could not take any action. He said it was now up to the MEP to clear his name. Mr. Ransdorf was arrested with three Slovaks at a bank in Zurich, allegedly attempting to withdraw EUR 350 million on the basis of false documents.

Author: Ian Willoughby