Ex member of Nobel literature body 'no plans on returning'

August 31, 2018 - 4:43 am

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A former member of the prestigious body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature who quit in the wake of a sex-abuse and financial crimes scandal, has dismissed reports she is returning to the Swedish Academy.

Former permanent secretary Sara Danius said Friday on her Facebook page that "presently, I have no such plans." She said a report from Swedish newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet, "was erroneous."

The daily reported Thursday that Danius, Kjell Espmark and Peter Englund will rejoin the secretive 18-member body.

They were among seven board members who stepped down in April after scandal engulfed the body. In May, the academy announced that no prize will be awarded this year.

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