The Copenhagen Police force is calling for the author of an anonymous letter to the Tax Commission to come forward.
In the letter, the author accuses several members of the Liberal Party of having given incorrect evidence to the Tax Commission that is investigating leaks to the media of the private tax affairs of the Thorning-Schmidt-Kinnock family.
“We have studied the anonymous letter that the Tax Commission has received and handed over to the police. We are unable to immediately verify the authenticity of the letter, but if the information is correct, it could be important for, among others, the case we are investigating,” Copenhagen Police Director Thorkild Fogde says in a news release.
The case that Fogde is referring to is the original leak of information to the BT tabloid.
Copenhagen Police says that the letter-writer would like the truth in the case to be told, and has called on the person involved to stand by his or her assertion and come forward.
“This person can call 3314 1448 and ask to speak to me. I do not need to know who is calling, the important thing for me is to be able to move on with the case,” says Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jens Møller Jensen who is heading the investigation.
While the Tax Commission Chairman Lars E. Andersen says he has no comment on the police call, he tells Politiken that the commission will ‘to a reasonable degree’ await police response before the commission carries out final hearings with, among others, former Tax Minister Troels Lund Poulsen, former Tax Ministry Permanent Under-Secretary Peter Loft and former Special Adviser to the Tax Minister Peter Arnfeldt.
These hearings should have been held this week, but were postponed as a result of the 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.
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Edited by Julian Isherwood