News in Brief: Driver’s passive cannabis smoking ruled illegal by Supreme Court

Shifa Rahaman
March 29th, 2016

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In the news last week: Danish IS fighter back in Denmark, Bang & Olufsen’s Chinese suitor eyes Caribbean haven for sneaky tax advantage, and why you could lose your driving license for your friends’ indiscretions

The verdict is in: driving under the influence of cannabis will earn you a suspended license – even if you weren’t the one bogarting the joint, reports DR.

The Supreme Court last week ruled against a man who was found guilty of driving under the influence – even though he argued he had only passively ingested the cannabis being smoked in his car. He was found responsible of negligent driving and lost his licence for three years.


Sweden drops 13 cases against DSB
In a “satisfying” conclusion, the Swedish Transport Board has dropped 13 cases against DSB for failing to check passengers’ IDs before transporting them over the Øresund.

DSB, which was facing the possibility of having to pay 13 fines of 50,000 Swedish kroner each, released a statement saying it was satisfied with the decision.

We take it as an indication that our control is good and meets the requirements,” Ash Wieth-Knudsen, the head of business development at DSB, was quoted as saying by DR.


Bang & Olufsen suitor’s sneaky tax evasion bid
Bang & Olufsen suitor Qi Jianhong may be unfairly benefiting from a tax advantage by purchasing B&O shares through Sparkle Roll, a company registered in the British Virgin Islands.

Development organisation IBIS has warned that if his bid is successful, it would mean any future move by him to sell the shares at a profit would incur no tax in the Caribbean. The same gains would be taxable in Denmark or China.

More and more Danish companies setting up ‘whistleblower lines’
Danish companies are increasingly using whistleblowers to expose instances of sexual harassment, fraud and corruption within company ranks.

DR reports that since Vestas introduced the country’s first registered anonymous whistle-blower line, 494 companies have followed suit.

“The sooner we get things on the table, the better we can respond and the sooner we can get cleaned up and limit losses,” said Jens Ole Legart, a senior specialist in business ethics at Vestas.


Danish man listed on leaked IS documents back in Denmark
A man from Brønshøj, who in July 2013 allegedly joined IS in Syria, is now back in Denmark, Berlingske reports.

Berlingske tracked the man from the names of 22,000 foreign fighters found on documents  leaked earlier this month. The outlet reported that despite his ties to terrorism and IS, the man has not been arrested or charged by police. However, the leaked documents will probably increase the possibility he will be found guilty, believes Jørn Vestergaard, a professor of criminal law at Copenhagen University.

Berlingske has identified seven Danes among the 22,000 names.


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