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Commentators say letter is a bomb in tax case drama

If Liberals have lied to the Tax Commission, the party may be seriously damaged.

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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 case.

”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 Schluter coalition.

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