Did Neil Kinnock give correct answer about Stasi spy?

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In 2003 German European Parliament member Markus Ferber asked the EU Commission: “Is there any truth in the allegations that Mr Olsen was held in custody in Denmark over alleged activities for the State Security Service of the former GDR?” with Mr. Olsen being Morten Jung-Olsen, Head of Unit and Chief Negotiator for Bulgaria.

Mr Kinnock (Neil Kinnock I suppose) replied: “Mr Jung-Olsen has been acquitted of any allegations against him. As the Honourable Member will know, it is a basic rule in democracies that detention does not carry a presumption of guilt and that legal acquittal gives valid proof of the standing of an individual.”

Something is rotten in the answer of Kinnock. First of all he doesn’t really answer the question, because yes Mr Olsen was held in custody in Denmark over alleged activities for the State Security Service of the former GDR. He sat in prison for 111 days. There is truth in the allegation that he was held in custody.

Second, Jung-Olsen was really not acquitted. He was simply released as the case was deemed to old to go to court. The prosecutor even said that they had the right man.

One year later after the discussion in EU, forth came Stasi spy boss Werner Grossmann further supporting the prosecutor’s statement.

So EU apparently employs a former Stasi spy.

Recently extending the Wikipedia article on the Danish security service I noticed that not many spys working in Denmark have been put to jail. Another notable case with a sort-of “guilty but not convicted” verdict was for the writer Arne Herløv Petersen.

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