Tamil Case (Denmark)

Tamil Case (Denmark)

The Tamil Case (Danish: Tamilsagen) is the name of a case about family reunification in Denmark of Tamil refugees from the Sri Lankan Civil War. The case led to the resignation of the government, led by Poul Schlüter, in 1993.


The case began in 1987 when the government examined the possibilities of decreasing the number of Tamil family reunifications.

The justice minister Erik Ninn-Hansen decided to stall the case work of family reunification of Tamil refugees, which was justified by the improvement of the situation in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, the law clearly ensured the Tamil refugees the right to family reunification, thus rendering the justice minister's order illegal.

When the case appeared in the media, several political parties opposed to a re-election of Erik Ninn-Hansen and others demanded an investigation, ultimately leading to the resignation of Erik Ninn-Hansen as justice minister in 1989.

Four civil servants in the Department of Justice were charged and the justice minister were put before the court of impeachment, which led to the fall of the government in 1993. In 1995 Erik Ninn-Hansen was found guilty of three cases of power abuse and received a suspended sentence of 4 years of prison.

ee also

* Poul Schlüter
* Erik Ninn-Hansen

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