[quote]Former NDP star charged
WebPosted Jun 21 2004 07:34 PM PDT
VANCOUVER - New Democrat MP Svend Robinson has been charged with theft over $5,000, following his admission in April that he stole an expensive ring.
Svend Robinson at news conference
FROM APRIL 15, 2004: Svend Robinson’s career in limbo after theft
A special prosecutor was appointed to decide whether charges should be laid against the long-time NDP MP.
Robinson stunned his supporters when he announced he had taken the ring – was taking a medical leave and would not run for re-election.
“Something just snapped in this moment of total, utter irrationality,” he said while crying during a nationally televised news conference in his riding of Burnaby-Douglas.
“I did this despite knowing full well…that the entire area was under electronic surveillance.”
Robinson returned the ring a few days later and contacted police himself.
He also made made a written apology to Federal Auction Service, which said it accepted the apology and would not pursue the matter.
FROM JUNE 9, 2004: Ad calls for charges against Svend Robinson
oink oink oink! hey we can all make money off this oink oink… get dressed up in robes and pretend we’re serving the public good oink oink…
oh! we can’t talk about matters before the courts baaaahhhh bleat bleat!