PET and Justice Ministry acquitted in historic case
According to the Blekingegade Commission set up to investigate the Blekingegade Gang case, there is no reason to criticise the Danish intelligence agency PET and the Justice Ministry for their roles in the case that left a policeman dead.
PET had been suspected of withholding information from the police and indirectly being to blame for the death of a 22-year-old policeman, Jesper Eigtved Hansen, during a robbery at a post office on Købmagergade in 1988.
“The commission has found no evidence that PET was counterworking against the general police investigation,” the report said, according to TV2.dk
It has been speculated that Hansen’s death could have been avoided if PET had co-operated with the police, but the Blekingegade Commission found that PET had in fact passed on important information to the police when relevant.
“You must remember that the Blekingegade Gang were behind some serious crimes and therefore it is an unusual case that has attracted a lot of public attention over the years,” Karen Hækkerup, the justice minister, said in a press release.
“And I think it means a lot for many people that this case has been finally closed.”
The Blekingegade Commission was established in 2010 by the justice minister at the time, Brian Mikkelsen.
The 'Blekingegade Gang', a nickname given to the group by the media, were responsible for a string of crimes between 1972 and 1989 to promote their left-wing political goals. The gang’s nickname came from the street in Amager where the gang kept their weapons stash.
During the 1980s, the group was accused of robbing banks, post offices, a shopping centre, and an armored vehicle in Lyngby. Seven members of the group were convicted and sentenced to prison sentences in 1991.