Thursday, October 13, 2005

24 sue Danish Prime Minister over invasion of Iraq

Twenty-four Danish citizens have brought suit challenging Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen's decision to go to war against Iraq.

While Denmark's contingent in Iraq is small -- about 500 troops -- Rasmussen has been criticized widely for misleading the people and Denmark's Parliament that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

The Danish force was an original member of the U.S.-led coalition that invaded Iraq in 2003.

Under Denmark's constitution, the group says the nation must be threatened directly or be acting under a U.N. mandate to go to war. the group says neither condition was met.

It could take up to two years to determine if the 24 people are interested parties allowed to bring such a suit and, if they are, as long as five years for the constitutional case to be decided


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