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Danish Prime Minister sued for breach of Constitution re war in Iraq
Tuesday 11 October 2005, at 2:00 pm, a group of
Danish citizens will deliver a document to the
Danish High Court (Østre Landsret,
Justitskontoret, Fredericiagade 26, Copenhagen)
instituting legal proceedings against Prime
Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen for breaches of
the Constitution in connection with Denmark's
participation in the war in Iraq. Denmark's
participation, under American command and without
a UN mandate, was based on the decision of 61
members of the parliament on 21 March 2003.
A press conference will take place immediately
following the event, at 3:00 p.m. at Restaurant
Kongens Have, Kronprinsessegade 13, Copenhagen K.
The Prime Minister's decision is considered to be
in breach of § 19 of the Danish Constitution,
according to which the use of military force may
only be applied under a UN mandate, and within
the boundaries of commonly accepted international
law. Furthermore, the decision is considered to
be in breach of § 20 of the Constitution, as it
does not fulfil the requirement of a 5/6
parliamentary majority in relinquishing
sovereignty, the Danish troops having been placed
under foreign command.
The plaintiffs are represented by lawyers
Christian Harlang and Bjoern Elmquist.
For interviews with the lawyers or plaintiffs
after the document instituting proceedings
against the Prime Minister has been delivered,
Tom Clark, tel. (+45) 6062 1763 (cell phone) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
Signe Sloth Hansen, (+45) 4089 7216 or e-mail email@example.com
Update added by David Swanson:
Received this confirmation from a very reliable Danish reporter:
Yes, the danish primeminister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has been sued over the decision to join the Coalition in the war to disarm the unarmed Iraq.
The lawsuit was handed over to the high court (Østre Landsret) in Copenhagen today and publicly announced at a press conference shortly after. Its the committee "Grundlovskomiteen 2003 vedr. Irak-krigen" (which roughly translates to: "The Committee to uphold the Constitution 2003 Concerning the Iraq War") that has filed suit.
The committee has a website: www.gk2003.dk
- it's in danish.