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Got red-handed: Former mayor’s daughter leaves Hydro job after tax scandal

Posted by African Press International on September 24, 2007

Former Oslo mayors daughter Cecilie Ditlev-Simonsen Wednesday resigned as head of communications in the partly state owned company Norsk Hydro, after last months tax evasion scandal involving her and her father.

Cecilie Ditlev-Simonsen left her job.

PHOTO: ANNE-STINE JOHNSBRTEN / SCANPIX

Cecilie Ditlev-Simonsen has been on paid leave from her job since the tax scandal involving her and her father, former Oslo mayor Per Ditlev-Simonsen, was made public in August.

Both father and daughter admitted to having funds in a secret Swiss bank account that they never declared to the tax authorities in the 1990s. The scandal ultimately led to the mayor’s resignation ahead of the local election.

Cecilie Ditlev-Simonsen leaves her job with a guaranteed income of NOK 2,55 millions (about USD 450,000) in the next year and a half.

“After her period of notice of six months, she will receive her salary for another 11 months,” a press release from Hydro stated.

Ditlev-Simonsen said in a press release that “her heart was still with Hydro,” but added that she found it difficult to continue in her position after it was known that she had failed to declare to the tax authorities the money, amounting to NOK 750,000 (about USD 130,000), she inherited from her late mother.

CEO of Hydro Eivind Reiten thanked Ditlev-Simonsen for the work she had done for the company.

“I am sorry about the situation, but I see that it would be difficult for Cecilie to continue in this position. I thank her for a communications job well done, and wish her all the luck in the future,” he said.

By Kristin Solberg

“Is it wise to reward a culprit – one who has admitted tax evation? One red-handedly got in a lie? Should she not be punished? Maybe not, because of her father’s connections as former mayor of Oslo. Then we say there is corruption in the third world and yet we are blind when the same happens right on our doorsteps, but of course, who bothers to bother the rich and the so-called advanced men and women in the industrialised nations. – API*APN editorial)

 

Lifted and Published by Korir, API*APN source.aftenposteneng

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