Monday, 10 December, 2018

Nobel Peace Prize Committee Investigating a Probably Fake Nomination for Trump

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Melinda Barton | 04 March, 2018, 04:22

President Donald Trump was reportedly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, the group in charge of selecting the Peace Prize victor, confirmed that the attempt Thursday was fraudulent. "We verify all nominations, at least the ones with a shadow of doubt", Olav Njolstad, the secretary of the five-member Nobel committee, told The New York Times on Wednesday.

This year the committee received 329 nominations, the second-highest number to date.

The Nobel Peace Prize, which is usually announced in October, will be awarded this year on December 10 in Oslo. The perpetrator had pretended to be someone else to make the nomination, Njolstad said - someone who was qualified.

Though he did not provide any further details, Agence France-Presse reported it is possible the nomination was submitted by a person committing identity fraud to appear eligible to nominate. The alleged nomination is said to have been submitted in support of Trump's "ideology of peace by force".

Njolstad said the committee routinely reviews nominations for authenticity, "and this time the routine check showed there was cause for concern". However, he said Oslo police have contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation for assistance. They can be, among other things, members of national governments or heads of states, certain university professors, former Peace Prize winners and current and former members or advisers of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Trump has previously criticized the decision to award former President Barack Obama the peace prize in 2009, "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen global diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".

In 2012, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union for transforming Europe "from a continent of war to a continent of peace".

The 2017 edition of the prize was won by the anti-nuclear weapons group International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

The victor will be announced in October.