PM's office denies advising Justice Ministry to alter statement
Office head says that he had no knowledge of those events
Christian Kettel Thomsen, the permanent secretary in PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s office, has issued a statement saying that no-one in the Prime Minister's Office, including the PM herself, had any knowledge of any changes in former Justice Minister Morten Bødskov’s statement to parliament about a highly-scrutinised cancelled trip to the freetown of Christiania.
“The prime minister’s office has good reason not to comment on the sequence of events, because we have no knowledge of those events,” Thomsen wrote.
Thomsen said that he believes any changes in Bødskov's statement were made later on by the Justice Ministry on the “basis of a dialogue with the people who were involved in the original events”.
Kettel also said that he was not informed that the stated reason for cancelling the trip to Christiania – that the then chief of police in Copenhagen, Johan Reimann, was unable to attend a meeting – was a lie until late in the afternoon on 9 December 2013.
That lie cost Bødskov his job.