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Justice Ministry silent about former minister's departure

What led to Morten Bødskov's exit may be kept secret


Morten Bødskov (S) handed over the justice minister role to Karen Hækkerup (S) last week (Photo: Scanpix)

December 18, 2013
19:03

by PS


The Justice Ministry has so far refused to say whether it will release a report about the events that led to the departure of Morten Bødskov (S) last week.

Bødksov resigned as justice minister after far-left party Enhedslisten pulled support for him following his admission that he lied to parliament’s legal committee when he told them that the committee’s planned trip to Christiania couldn’t go ahead because the then Copenhagen Police chief could not attend.

The actual reason was that an informant had warned the domestic intelligence agency PET that the presence of MP Pia Kjærsgaard (DF) in Christiania would lead to disturbances, but Bødskov said that he was forced to lie because the intelligence was so sensitive that it could not be shared with the committee.

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Justice Ministry silent
PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt (S) has asked the new justice minister, Karen Hækkerup (S), to investigate the involvement of central civil servants in the scandal.

But so far the Justice Ministry has yet to answer DR Nyheder’s questions about whether the report’s findings will be made public.

DR Nyheder also reports that the Justice Ministry has not replied to freedom of information requests from a number of media organisations that have tried to gain insight into the chain of events that led to Bødskov’s departure.



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