Copenhagen Police chief reported for abuse of power

Independent review requested in Tibetan activist case

Copenhagen Police chief Fogde is under scrutiny (photo: Copenhagen's Politi) Copenhagen Police chief Fogde is under scrutiny (photo: Copenhagen’s Politi)
January 27th, 2016 4:30 pm| by Ray W
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The head of Copenhagen Police, Thorkild Fogde, has been reported to the independent police complaints authority, Den Uafhængige Politiklagemyndighed, for alleged abuse of power by defence attorney Claus Bonnez.

Bonnez represented several demonstrators in the case involving the police treatment of six Tibetan activists during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit in Copenhagen in 2012

Bonnez’s case is based on information from Radio24syv that in the autumn of 2014, Fogde asked the legal adviser, Kammeradvokaten, which had been handling the Tibet matter for Copenhagen Police, to keep secret compromising sound recordings.


No accusations
Later recordings revealed that police were ordered to take flags and banners from Tibetan activists who demonstrated during the Chinese state visit in 2012.

“It should, in my view, be considered whether the provisions of the Penal Code have been violated,” Bonnez told Radio24syv.

Bonnez said that he is not making accusations, just asking for an investigation.

“There may be things I do not know, and I do not claim that Copenhagen Police has committed a criminal offence – I am simply asking that the complaints authority investigates,” said Bonnez.

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Fogde has declined to comment.