Renewed focus on Denmark’s role in the killing of terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki

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The Danish government and the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) are now under international pressure to tell the truth about the Danish involvement in tracking down Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda senior who was killed in an American drone attack in 2011.

The U.S. President Barack Obama has admitted that the U.S. was behind the drone attack in September 2011 in Yemen which killed the terrorist. Now, the international network Open Society Justice Initiative is demanding that the Danish authorities present all material in their possession on the matter. This is happening in light of the Morten Storm affair which was published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten who revealed that the former PET agent Morten Storm had been working with PET and CIA to track down al-Awlaki before he was killed.

Open Society Justice Initiative which is based in New York has previously initiated proceedings on behalf of terror suspects in cases involving torture before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and other courts. The initial step of the organisation has been to request access to documents from five Danish authorities including the Danish Ministry of Justice and PET. If this request is turned down as expected, Open Society Justice Initiative is ready to pursue the matter with further actions, the content of which Senior Legal Officer Amrit Singh does not want to reveal at this point in time.

»I cannot at this time disclose all the elements of our legal strategy, but we intend to do our best to ensure that the truth comes out and government officials are held accountable for any participation in grave human rights violations,« says Amrit Singh.

About the initative in Denmark she says:

»There is overwhelming evidence in the public record that Denmark participated in the US operation to track and kill Anwar al-Awlaki. But the Danish authorities have never meaningfully acknowledged this fact, and have refused to inform the public and Danish Parliament about their role. By participating in the operation, it appears that the Danish authorities may have violated both Danish law and international law, as part of support for the U.S. government's so called "war on terror".«

Read the whole interview with Amrit Singh here

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