Justice Minister to stand down


Minister of Justice, Morten Bødskov, of the Social Democratic Party (S) announced yesterday that he was resigning his portfolio after he lost the support of parliament. The minister is accused of having lied to parliament about the reason why he cancelled a visit by parliamentarians to the Christiania neighbourhood of Copenhagen. The area is known to be an enclave for hippies and a centre for the drugs trade.

Originally the minister had said the reason for the cancellation was because the police could not accompany the parliamentarians but it subsequently emerged that the real reason was because of fears that they might be attacked.

The affair appears to have involved Jakob Scharf, the head of the Danish domestic intelligence agency PET, who has also announced that he will stand down at the end of the year.

Last month Christian Friis Bach stood down as Minister for Development Cooperation after failing to declare an interest in an institute which was supported by government grants. He was replaced by Rasmus Helveg Petersen on 21st November.

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