The Most Prejudicial Coverage by the Danish National Television and Radio
When Bagmandspolitiet stormed my companies offices, the television cameras were rolling, Bagmandspolitiet (the Special Prosecution) had given detailed instruction as to their action the day before.
Denmark had at the time only one television station Danmarks Radio and Television, which with their 19.30 news (TV-Avisen) had everyone in Denmark clued in front of their television.
Since this was the biggest story that night showing the television people at our banking offices at Højbro Plads together with members of the Special Prosecution, Copenhagen fiscal authorities and other journalists – the program sealed the fate of the companies, our clients and staff and me. In reality, the Special Prosecution and the authorities had no way back. The point had been reached, as Franz Kafka said, from which there was no return.
In addition to this coverage a special 40-minute programme, 7 days later cemented my and my companies’ future fanning the flames of any doubts in the public mind and the media – I must be GUILTY.
I had known Jørgen Flindt Petersen and Erik Stephensen who made these programmes for some time, they had both a good reputation for critical television journalism. Moreover, I found them both very professional and they both saw the world outside Denmark. There seemed to be so few of such talent in Denmark at the time.
Both worked also as a journalist for the ruling Social Democratic newspaper Aktuelt. They both, later on, became the chief editors of this newspaper. My relationship with Danish Radio and TV had been going on for many years, and I had regularly participated in making various statements and comments as to the international financial market in general and particularly about the precious metal and currency markets through the years.
Interestingly I was on the 4th January 1980 on the main TV-news with an interview about the explosion in the gold price due to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. The judge in charge of the High Court trial judge H. H. Brydensholt announced on this TV-news program that he had stepped down from running the Danish Prison Service for seven years. (see: 4 January 1980 Danmark TV). He had for years been accepting the use of solitary confinement and its torture. Little did I know at the time that he within 18 months as a High Court judge would decide to keep me locked up in solitary confinement for another month and that he years later would preside over a pantomime trial at the High Court.
I returned from Switzerland on Tuesday the 29th of January with my wife. My secretary had already made an appointment for Jørgen and Erik to see me in my offices at Ved Stranden on Friday the 1st February as they were working on a special program about gold and asked for my comments.
On the Wednesday, my secretary came to me to ask me if it was possible to change the meeting on Friday with the journalists to Thursday morning. I told her that I had too much to do on the Thursday (moving office, issuing margin calls to hundreds of client and meetings with marketing people about a new SCE brochure) and told her I will make the meeting as arranged on Friday, tell them that I have absolutely no time Thursday.
Late Wednesday evening, being at home I received twice two calls as to re-arranging this meeting on Friday to Thursday, including a telephone call from Jørgen Flindt himself, I still told him it was impossible to see him next day, you have to wait to Friday I told him as previously arranged. He already knew – that come Friday, I would be in an isolation cell at the Vestre Prison.
Within a week of my arrest and the closing of SCE, these two journalists presented the final nail in my coffin by showing a 40 minutes (prime time 20.00) television programme, where they involved some SCE clients who had become very anxious and worried after seeing the companies being closed by Bagmandspolitiet. (See: 5th February 1980)
This very subjective television programme which was repeated a few days later did indeed seal me and my companies’ future.
The newspaper coverage of the event, on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday following my arrest were huge and most pre-judicial. Denmark is a small place and such great amount of press coverage both in the national and local press did considerable and irrevocable harm to the case and my rights to a fair trial and hearing.
Bagmandspolitiet had unscrupulously used the most important weapon to smear, discredit and disgrace my person – the media. Thereafter, there was no way back, moreover, the public would never “take back” what they had witnessed on the television and in newspapers.
The Danish media did create a trial by the media, a most pre-judicial environment for a fair trial. I am blameless by the prosecutions intrigues to create embarrassment and disarray among the clients of the companies.
The media missed the underlying story and truth. Even after my long pre-trial incarceration, the Danish media had no interest to pursue the truth, when the Dutch, German, French and Belgian television were a the court hearings at the European Court of Human Rights in September 1988, the Danish media and Danish State Television was not there.
Despite this was a historic occasion as to Denmark in front of the full panel of judges for the first time since the establishment of the Court nearly 40 years earlier. The Danish media did not attend this Court hearing since they were an accomplice with Bagmandspolitiet and the Danish authorities for the injustice.
The Lies by Bagmandspolitiet as to Hidden Money Abroad
The many headlines and lies were regular fodder to the media in order to allow the Bagmandspolitiet (Special Prosecution), to travel all over the place.
The simple truth, when on the first day Bagmandspolitiet seized all the documentation and files from my offices, they knew about every penny I had abroad including details of all bank accounts. I kept all the details in my files in Denmark as I had nothing to hide. All of the lies about hidden money from Brazil to the USA were created entirely for the media to justify all the costs and travel by members of the prosecution.
As to Judge Claus Larsen in the City Court, he had to be asked each time by Bagmandspolitiet with regards to allowing the taxpayers money to be used for “another” travelling trip – always after Bagmandspolitiet had already argued their case in the tabloid press telling them that I had hidden money abroad.
Practically all of my liquid assets were in London, not in Switzerland or any offshore place; moreover, I had offered to bring this money to Denmark immediately after my arrest.
When Bagmandspolitiet could not justify any more travel, they just asked a professional conman to go to the media and tell some stories about Brazil, USA or Paris, painting a criminal picture of me. Headlines saying that I had hidden millions in Brazil and had been importing false gold bars to Denmark – were all lies. Nevertheless, members of Bagmandspolitiet had several trips to Paris and the USA. I do not believe that they went to Brazil, they knew this was also a lie and possibly the media would have found out one day.
Media Lynching by Tabloid Editorials
The fact that the media slowly became committed after writing so many lies and innuendoes – all attacking me, played a major part in creating a public trial by newspapers. The editorial lines of many leading newspapers were to throw as much dirt as possible on my person, on my clients and my companies.
Worse still, the media took an active part in pointing out that I was guilty and deserved a long prison sentence. In many countries, such editorial lines would have stopped my case, as this was pre-judicial and not allowing me to get a fair trial.
Denmark is a small country and this popular media coverage had devastating effects on everything and my right to a fair trial. The tabloid press becomes committed and ultimately concerted against me, together with the Danish authorities, giving me an unfair trial.
Shortly after my arrest, I offered to bring all of my liquid assets to Denmark, but Bagmandspolitiet did not want this, as they would have difficulties in justifying their initial action in closing the companies and arresting me for open television for alleged tax evasion.
Nevertheless, the newspapers later attacked me as making millions every year despite that I was locked up in pre-trial detention.
Because I was making millions on interest and had millions abroad, I deserved to stay locked up in pre-trial incarceration and the public should not have any pity on me! Never mind that I had a family which need me and that I according to the Danish Law was innocent until proven guilty.
The media lynching and smear campaign went on and on through those years, something which is very hard to endure if one is locked up in a solitary confinement cell.
The press knew that repetition pays, if you repeat anything many times, ultimately people believe it, never mind it is a lie. Throw lots of dirt on someone and some dirt will ultimate always stick. Journalist, politician and leaders in totalitarian countries like DDR and the Sovjetunion at the time, today China, Iran and North Korea use this successfully as did Bagmandspolitiet and the tabloid press in Denmark.
So for years Bagmandspolitiet could manipulate the Danish tabloid and the A-press (the socialist government’s newspaper). The media became the henchmen for the regime against the “victims” of Bagmandspolitiet/the Jantelov prosecution, including Mogens Glistrup, Jan Bonde Nielsen and myself, a media totally contemptuous of any decency and interest in the truth and justice.
When Anker Jørgensen died in 2016, many articles in the Danish press mentioned the truth about this not very bright Danish Prime minister for two periods. He was responsible for Denmark’s devastating immigration policy and the enormous financial deficit. What is more, he admired North Korea and its despot Kim Il Sung (see Berlingske Tidende 16 May 1984).
My defence lawyer Folmer Reindel was contacted by a well placed senior servant who attended a Cabinet meeting at Christiansborg in late Autumn 1979, where the prime minister Anker Jørgensen proposed that Scandinavian Capital Exchange and I would be the solutions to all Bagmandspolitiet's problems and bad publicity. I was a capitalist pig and the ideal candidate for the socialist.
This is the Danish Prime minister who praised the dictator of North Korea in 1984 as a brilliant leader. “Kim il-Sung, as a leader, should be admired for his devotion and wonderful work for his country and his people’s freedom and happiness. Moreover that North Korea was a wonderful country and the people should be proud of their country’s independence from the influence of the big countries.” Anker Jørgensen was even so stupid to draw parallels with Denmark fighting against the German occupation during the Second World War (which very few did when the truth is known).
How could anyone admire and glorify the totalitarian regime in North Korea – the Danish Prime minister Anker Jørgensen and the deputy chief of Copenhagen fiscal authority Christen Amby could! (see Berlingske Tidende 16 May 1984).
The companies were subject to many visits by the Copenhagen Tax office, including by the deputy chief of this office Christen Amby.
Christen Amby, the person who my companies and I was harassed by through several years, was none other than “a red socialist” or should I say a left-wing socialist and the founder of the Danish Friendship Association with North Korea.
One time leaving my office, Christian Amby said: We will close this capitalist cave (Vi vil skal nok få lukket den kapitalist hule). Considering, that we operated according to the laws and everything was correct within our business, I found such outrageous statement, as wishful thinking from his side. Little did I know about the socialist's power and determination.
His real objective was for us to give him names of our client who traded “over the counter” all suspected to used “black money” undeclared to the fiscal authorities. Since there was no legal requirement for this at the time, I refused to corporate. Many times when leaving our offices, he mumbled: “We will see about this".
Interestingly Christen Amby was arrested back in 1969 together Otto Sand (an agent for DDR’s Stasi) as they were organising to send money to support North Vietnam fighting the American Imperialist
We know today how Stasi worked in DDR, just spying on ordinary citizens' movements, making files on everyone and everything.
Bagmandspolitiet had in my case more than five years, during which they could act as an agent provocateur, intercept telephone calls, communication and spy on me, our staff and the companies; “leak” disinformation, lies and rumours.
Criminal Commissioner Mogens Kanding from Bagmandspolitiet (Special Prosecution) told Jyllands-Posten, Friday the 1st February 1980 :
“We have been investigating the company since it started (1974) just to see what is happening. Approximately three weeks ago our investigation became more intensive on our own initiative. We have not received any complaints“.
Mogens Kanding, criminal commissioner from Bagmandspolitiet tells Børsen (the main financial newspaper) on the day after my arrest:
“Through channels which we control we have found out that possible serious tax evasion has taken place, according to the criminal code paragraph 289 tells Mogens Kanding Børsen”.
“We will go through all the material and especially concentrate on the companies order confirmations and dealings with its clients since we wish to double control on these client’s tax returns. At the same time we want to concentrate to see if there has been any wrongdoing by the company, as an example if we suspect any fraud against the clients, we will contact these clients and ask for their version.”
Bagmandspolitiet has been investigating the company for more than five years just to see what? Just like Stasi or KGB. As Stalin said, “Show me a person and I will always find a reason against him” (to kill him or send him to the Gulag).
No complaint had been made to the police and the Special Prosecution (Bagmandspolitiet). The Special Prosecution decided themselves to take the action.
Further, that black money was invested in precious metals and the profits were tax free outside the reach of the fiscal authorities. This could NOT BE TOLERATED, despite that the current law allowed this at the time.
My British barristers Geoffrey Robertson QC and Kier Starmer were shocked to find out the powers of the Special Prosecution (Bagmandspolitiet) and that they themselves could select their target, act as agent provocateurs, intercept communication and create disinformation and lies. They compared rightly Bagmandspolitiet, in the European Court of Human Rights, to Stasi and KGB.
I was a victim of the Danish state: it was the state that took me hostage, traumatised me; and despite the judgment from the European Court of Human Rights, Denmark never recognised that in any shape or form.
At the outset of the trial in the lower court (Copenhagen City Court) my defence attorney Folmer Reindel said to a leading newspaper, Berlingske Tidende:
"With the collaboration between the judge (Claus Larsen), the prosecution and the prison service, which consequence seriously affects and prevent the defence - I fear a miscarriage of justice"
It was obvious to everyone except the tabloid media.
"Med det samarbejde, der I sagen foregår mellem dommeren, fængselsvæsenet og anklagemyndigheden, og hvis konsekvens er en væsentlig hindring af forsvarets mulighed, frygter jeg et justitsmord"
I was a victim of the Danish State; it was the state that took me, hostage, in pre-trial detention for more than 4 years. Kept me for more than 300 days in solitary confinement and traumatised me for life.
Denmark has never recognised that in any shape or form.
Police Commissioner Mogens Kanding (from Bagmandspolitiet) told the main newspaper Politiken, on the day of my arrest for alleged tax evasion. (31st January 1980) – ALL LIES
"A major part of the profit from the Danish company, which had a turnover of half a billion Kroner, apparently has been transferred to post-box companies in Switzerland"
Next day Police Commissioner Mogens Kanding (from Bagmandspolitiet) told the newspaper Politiken:
“That a major part of the profit from the Danish company, which had a turnover of half a billion Kroner (500 million) apparently has been transferred to post-box companies in Switzerland. After the carrying out of the search, we have been able to confirm that large amounts have been sent to companies in Switzerland and there is often only a lawyer’s office there where the money is then hidden from the police”
After the police, tax authorities and the customs and excise office’s investigation, it does look like the company in Denmark have earned large amounts on the Swiss addresses.
Special Prosecutor Finn Meilby, the Chief of Bagmandspolitiet (Special Prosecution) told the largest tabloid newspaper BT on the 31st January 1980:
"It is our impression that the money has been taken out of the country"
"That the arrest of Mogens Hauschildt only concerns the alleged tax evasions"
I was never charged with tax evasion since this was a trumped-up charge - there truly was no tax evasion by me or the companies.
“Hauschildt you have been selected – and judged. You were selected because you are a “foreign Dane” with no political affiliation or power, you work in a business which daily deals with Swiss banks, New York and London – movement of money and in a financial market most people in Denmark do not know and can’t participate in, you controlled your business and do not employ many people, not like a factory owner.”-
Advocate Jørgen Jacobsen (1980)
No one has been held accountable for the injustices in my case, my treatment, the solitary confinement, the unjust treatment of my family, the staff and many of Scandinavian Capital Exchange’s clients.
My customers' faith was sealed when at a cabinet meeting in the late autumn of 1979 at Christiansborg; Prime Minister Anker Jørgensen was confronted with a report showing all the failures of the Special Prosecution for Economic Crimes (Bagmandspolitiet), a creation by the Socialist.
The Danish High Court Judge Holger Kallehague said to Politiken newspaper (12th September 1982) that:
Hauschildt was subjected to the same treatment and "justice" as the suspected and alleged witches five hundred years earlier. They would bind the poor woman, put her into a sack and fill the sack with stones after which they throw her into the water.
If she drowned, she could not have been a witch; and was innocent, however, if she got free and came to the surface, she must have been a witch and therefore, was burned alive on the fire.
I told the courts many times that I was both physically and mentally ill and wanted to consult a psychiatrist and get outside medical attention. - I was refused this during the four years of pre-trial detention - therefore I was never treated for all my illnesses caused by the more than four years of pre-trial detention with the long total solitary confinement!
Bagmandspolitiet directly prevented me from having my complaint about my long solitary confinement and atrocious treatment dealt with by the European Commission of Human Rights. Bagmandspolitiet held back all correspondence with the Commission for more than 24 months. A serious breach of the Convention.
In pre-trial solitary confinement, I remained vulnerable against the unjustifiable parasitic strains of the Danish tabloid press.
”I feel that I have been reduced to a defence counsel in a Russian Military Court.”
Advocate Folmer Reindel told the Copenhagen City Court
Professor of Law, Ole Krarup, said that:
“I played chess blindfolded“
I did indeed - and there was nothing neither I nor my defence lawyers could do about this injustice.
My first defence attorney advocate Jørgen Jacobsen’s statement to the Court:
“The prosecution could as well hold their “court hearings” at their own offices without the judges, the defence and the accused – the result would be the same.”
Advocate Folmer Reindel told the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg – 26th September 1988:
“It is clear that the Danish authorities had, for a long time, the objective to close down Hauschildt’s successful and profitable business, irrespective, that the companies acted correctly and within the Danish law.
From the first day of the action against Hauschildt and his companies, it has been the objective of the Danish authorities to justify their illegal acts at any cost, including keeping Hauschildt in solitary confinement and pre-trial detention for more than four years as a hostage to justice. The Danish authorities acted with total contempt for the Danish law, justice and the European Human Rights Convention.
Hauschildt and his companies became a victim of the Danish State”
The European Court of Human Rights held an open court hearing on the 26th September 1988, in front of the full court of 17 judges from all the 17 member countries.
The German, French, Belgian and Dutch television were there, but not the Danish State Television which for years had been used by the Danish authorities to create a trial by the media.
The Danish public and many clients of Scandinavian Capital Exchange was fooled and lied to by Bagmandspolitiet and the Danish media. Fooled by the misinformation, malicious lies and innuendoes put out by the prosecution in the press.
I always considered myself as a "Systemfange", a prisoner of conscience; the case against me and my companies was entirely political.
- Mogens Hauschildt
The famous Danish TV host, author and priest Jørgen Thorgaard wrote in the tabloid BT referring to my case, which was finished at the time:
“It is my impression that the police, the courts and the prosecution in the best scenario have been acting very incompetently and in the worst scenario, created a miscarriage of justice”.
In an interview with Berlingske Tidende in 1981, Finn Meilby, the chief of Bagmandspolitiet said that some “observations” can go on for years, others go fast.
“In the current case of the gold and silver speculations, Bagmandspolitiet worked hectically for thirty days. The market was so overheated that they got our interest and quickly received information confirming our suspicion of lawbreaking activities. We foresaw that large and small savers were running a risk – and hit”
They raided the companies for “open television” without any complaint – only a trump-up charge of alleged tax evasion.