Commentators have been reacting to the news that an anonymous letter has been
sent to the Tax Commission that is investigating leaks in connection with
the private tax affairs of the Thorning-Schmidt-Kinnock family.
The commission has announced that it has postponed the final hearings in the
case after receiving an anonymous letter. The letter is said to claim that
leading Liberal Party members were much more involved in attempting to hold
the current prime minister’s husband, Stephen Kinnock, accountable for
having avoided tax in Denmark, than has previously been known.
The Tax Authority eventually determined that Kinnock was not liable for
taxation in Denmark as he lived and worked in Switzerland.
The commission’s remit is to determine who leaked confidential private
information about the case to the media prior to general elections in 2011.
“In the 40 years that I have followed commissions I have never seen anything
like this,” former Conservative chairman and now political commentator Hans
Engell tells Ekstra Bladet.
“This is a bomb in the case, if for no other reason than we have never before
seen a commission that has had to suspend its work a week before it was due
to close, as a result of an anonymous letter. Having said that, we don’t yet
know how serious it is,” he adds.
Former tax ministers Troels Lund Poulsen (Lib) and Peter Christensen (Lib) as
well as former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen (Lib) have all said that
the Liberal Party did not attempt to influence the Thorning-Schmidt-Kinnock
”If they have lied about attempting to influence a decision within the Tax
Authority, it is an extremely serious political issue,” Political
Commentator Lotte Hansen tells bt.dk.
“If so, we are in the realm of the Tamil case,” Hansen says adding that the
issue now depends on what the police find out in connection with their
investigations. The anonymous letter has been passed on to the police.
The Tamil case involved the refusal of family reunification rights of Tamil
refugees in Denmark, and eventually led to the impeachment of Justice
Minister Erik Ninn-Hansen and the resignation of the Conservative-led Poul
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