Recently, the list of upcoming interrogations in the Tibet Commission has been expanded. Now 100 interrogations are planned.
Among those summoned are four heads of government – Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen and Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
But also seven politicians who can write former foreign minister on their CV must give explanation. Kristian Jensen, Anders Samuelsen, Martin Lidegaard, Per Stig Møller, Mogens Lykketoft, Lene Espersen and Uffe Ellemann-Jensen have been summoned.
On the whole, the Commission is zooming in on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As many as 31 of the 100 people on the list of upcoming interrogations are or have had jobs as officials in this particular ministry.
The interrogations begin on January 7 and are tentatively scheduled to last until May 20.
The commission got its name because it was originally set up when it emerged that police prevented sympathizers with Tibet from demonstrating during a Chinese state visit in 2012.
The Commission’s first report saw the light of day in December 2017. The conclusion was that the police had committed clearly illegal encroachments on citizens’ freedoms.
For example, officers tore Tibetan flags out of the hands of peaceful citizens, and police also tried to hide protesters from visiting President Hu Jintao of China.
In addition, the Folketing had been led behind the light of what the police had done.
The police’s illegalities could be explained by a special mood created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Police Intelligence Service, the commission assessed after studying the police’s handling of Chinese visits in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
But in the summer of 2018, the then Minister of Justice Søren Pape Poulsen (K) re-established the commission. This was partly due to the fact that retired police officers had come forward and said that the police had also previously given in to Chinese pressure.
During the forthcoming interrogations, as mentioned, there is great focus on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But also people from the police, PET, the Prime Minister’s Office and the court have been summoned. Among them are the two police chiefs who are accused of having lied in court about the police’s efforts against protesters.
In addition, a couple of witnesses from the Armed Forces appear as well as the persons FE 01 and FE 02. This means that the Armed Forces Intelligence Service is also out of the bush for a brief remark.
During the resumption of work, the Commission also examined 159 million documents. The result of the efforts can be expected by the end of 2021, the commission has previously told the Folketing.
Source: The Nordic Page