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Denmark: Action Taken Against Book Publication on National Security Grounds

(Sept. 24, 2009) On September 16, 2009, the Danish newspaper POLITIKEN published a book entitled JÆGER – I KRIG MED ELITEN (HUNTER – AT WAR WITH THE ELITE), by former special forces officer Thomas Rathsack, despite a government request that it be withheld from the public on national security grounds. Tim Sloth Jørgenson, Denmark's Defense […]

Denmark: Court Rules Against Poker Player

(Sept. 16, 2009) Denmark's Supreme Court ruled recently that a man who had won 194,000 kroner (about US$37,700) playing poker online had to surrender his winnings. The gambler was unemployed, and his winnings were his sole form of income. For that reason, the Court stated that he was in violation of Danish legislation banning earning […]

Denmark: Burka Ban Debated

(Aug. 24, 2009) Although Denmark's governing Liberal Party has rejected the idea, other political parties in the ruling coalition have proposed that the country ban the wearing of burkas and niqābs in public. A burka covers a woman from head to toe, while a niqāb is a veil that covers the face and head. Naser […]

Denmark: Measures to Control Dangerous Dogs Introduced

(June 10, 2009) The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's Party, it appears that a majority of the legislature is in favor of the changes. Karina […]

Denmark: Proposed Anti-Terrorism Law Calls for Secret Courts, Electronic Tags

(Apr. 24, 2009) It was reported on April 6, 2009, that Denmark is preparing a new anti-terrorism bill that would permit sensitive intelligence against terrorist suspects to be presented in secret courts and would allow foreign suspects who do not meet location requirements to remain in the country on exceptional leave through the use of […]

Denmark: Convictions for Terrorism T-Shirts

(Mar. 30, 2009) Denmark's Supreme Court has upheld a High Court conviction of six members of the group “Fighters+Lovers.” The defendants were found guilty of supporting terrorism through donations to two organizations, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), both of which are listed by […]

Denmark: Immigration Cases to Be Reopened

(Mar. 18, 2009) Birth Rønn Hornbech, Denmark's immigration minister, has announced that 50 applications for residency that were previously denied will be reconsidered. The cases involve spouses of Danish citizens, and their applications have been rejected since 2002. The change of policy is a result of a 2007 ruling of the European Court of Justice. […]

Denmark: Special Court System for Terror Trials Considered

(Mar. 18, 2009) A committee of Denmark's parliament has proposed the establishment of a special court system for trials of suspected terrorists who face deportation. The new court would be a way to protect confidential information contained in evidence collected by the Danish domestic intelligence agency. Approved attorneys would be appointed to represent any foreign […]

Denmark: Dutch Requested to Allow Danish Prosecution of Suspected Somali Pirates

(Jan. 12, 2009) It was reported on January 3, 2009, that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark has contacted Dutch officials to clear Danish prosecution of five suspected Somali pirates currently being held in custody on the Danish naval ship Absalon. The suspects were seized by the Absalon on January 2, after they had […]

Denmark: Elimination of Statute of Limitations on Torture

(May 2, 2008) It was reported in the Danish press on May 10, 2008, that Minister of Justice Lene Espersen, bowing to pressure from outside the government, will remove the statute of limitations in the Criminal Code that currently applies not only to specified criminal acts under the code but also to torture, which is […]