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BREAKING NEWS: DANISH HIGH COURT DISMISSES CASE OF GROSS TAX EVASION AGAINST FORMER DANISH AUTISM RESEARCHER POUL THORSEN

March 26, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: DANISH HIGH COURT DISMISSES CASE OF GROSS TAX EVASION AGAINST FORMER DANISH AUTISM RESEARCHER POUL THORSEN

By Ulla Danielsen, journalist, DK-Copenhagen

Danish High Court (Vestre Landsret) on March 23, 2012 decided, that the case against former Danish autism researcher Poul Thorsen for gross tax evasion should be dismissed.

The case should have started at the citycourt in Aarhus in the spring of 2011, but it was postponed altogether three times last year.

This year the case has been been postponed three times, culminating with a victory to the defence of Poul Thorsen, when Danish High Court on Friday decided to turn the indictment against Poul Thorsen down for technical reasons.

The prosecutor, police assessor Lars Petersen, from the police of Eastern Jutland, who investigated the case of gross tax evasion, explains that the indictment was turned down, because it did not contain “the things” an indictment must contain according to the Danish law of the administration of the justice. In other words because of technical deficits in the indictment.

Most recently the tax-case was scheduled for March 29 at the citycourt in Aarhus.

In 2009, the prosecution charged former Danish autism researcher Poul Thorsen with gross tax evasion in the amount of more than 6,4 million DKK.

For this deed, the Prosecution claimed, that Poul Thorsen should be punished with prison. Poul Thorsen on the other hand – according to a news agency – claimed that he was not guilty.

The indictment stated that, during the years 2001-2005, Poul Thorsen evaded income tax on 6,430,768 DKK from fees, salary or the like.

By these illegal acts, the Danish tax authority was deprived of 3,470,020 DKK that it was owed.

Further, the defendant had been accused of intentionally evading 514,455 DKK in contributions to the labour market taxes owed to the Danish tax authority during the period from 2001 through 2005.

This indictment has now been overruled by Danish High Court. Poul Thorsen’s defender is lawyer Jan Schneider from the lawfirm Tommy V. Christiansen in Aarhus.

Thorsen’s name will ring familiar to many, as his autism research was sponsored substantially by the American health agency Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Danish daily INFORMATION in 2010 reported, that Poul Thorsen’s research center Nanea at Aarhus University in 2000 received a grant of 7,8 million dollar from the American health institution Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The grant was administered by Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI) under the direction of Poul Thorsen.

In 2007 the project was prolonged by a new grant from CDC of 8,2 million dollar.

This is the financial context that makes the now overruled case of gross tax evasion a matter of public interest.

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