Camilla Broe, the confessed drug smuggler who spent 18 months in a Danish jail before being extradited to the US, lost out on over 700,000 kroner in damages due to a Eastern High Court decision today.
In February, Lyngby District Court awarded 701,362.11 kroner in compensation to Broe. She had demanded 2.6 million kroner. The city court ruled that Broe should receive compensation for personal damages due to long time she was held in detention in Denmark, despite her arrest warrant being issued in the US. While in detention, her then eight-year-old daughter was placed in foster care.
But earlier today, the High Court disagreed and ruled that Broe had no legitimate claim for compensation from the Danish state.
Smuggled ecstasy to Miami
Broe had been living in the US for 16 years when in 2001 she was approached by an FBI agent who told her she was the target of a narcotics investigation. Six months later, Broe moved back to Denmark without telling the American authorities.
The US issued an arrest warrant for Broe in 2003 and in 2007 she admitted to a Danish court that she had participated in drug sales in Holland and had helped a courier smuggle ecstasy into Miami, Florida.
She was imprisoned and released and then imprisoned again before being extradited to the US in December 2009. Broe was the first Danish citizen to ever be extradited outside of the European Union.
After six months behind bars in Florida, a Miami judge ruled that the statute of limitations in her case had passed and she was released.
Her Danish lawyer pointed to that decision in his successful attempt to receive compensation in district court. The state's attorney appealed against the Lygnby decision and today the High Court agreed with the state and retracted Broe's compensation. It was not immediately known if the case will now go to the Supreme Court.