Dan­ish jour­nal­ists sen­tenced for mon­i­tor­ing celebrity credit cards

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Four jour­nal­ists from a Dan­ish gos­sip mag­a­zine were sen­tenced to up to 15 months in prison on Thurs­day for pay­ing for credit card data to help track politi­cians, celebri­ties and mem­bers of the royal fam­ily.

An em­ployee of the credit card com­pany Nets got 18 months for sell­ing in­for­ma­tion be­tween 2008 and 2012 that re­vealed the where­abouts of prom­i­nent peo­ple such as Prime Min­is­ter Lars Lokke Ras­mussen and Han­ni­bal-ac­tor Mads Mikkelsen.

The leaks en­abled the weekly mag­a­zine Se & Hor to fol­low Prince Joachim and his wife on what was meant to be a se­cret hon­ey­moon to Canada in 2008, af­ter it bought data about the cou­ple's plane tick­ets from the Nets sys­tem op­er­a­tor.

The me­dia group that owns the mag­a­zine was fined 10 mil­lion Dan­ish crowns ($1.52 mil­lion) last Au­gust for the covert mon­i­tor­ing of more than 120 celebri­ties. Two of its for­mer man­agers were given sus­pended six-month sen­tences. "This case has drawn a clear line in the sand, leav­ing no doubt that steal­ing and sell­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion is crim­i­nal offense," Nets spokesman Karsten Anker Petersen said.

One of the mon­i­tored celebri­ties, Rene Dif of the Dan­ish-Nor­we­gian mu­sic group Aqua, was unhappy with the trial's re­sults for the jour­nal­ists. "These short sen­tences shows how ridicu­lous the Dan­ish jus­tice sys­tem is," he told TV2 lo­cal tele­vi­sion. "There is no rea­son for peo­ple to be al­lowed to snoop around like this," said Dif, whose group topped the charts world­wide with its hit "Bar­bie Girl" in 1997.

The four jour­nal­ists said they would con­sider ap­peal­ing the ver­dict. — Reuters

Shop­pers queue up in front of Vic­to­ria's Se­cret at the Dart­mouth Mall on Black Fri­day, in Dart­mouth, Mas­sachusetts.

Shop­pers walk into a Best Buy store on Fri­day, Nov. 25, 2016, in Skokie, Illinois. — AP

Dan­ish ac­tor Mads Mikkelsen speaks at the open­ing of the Copen­hagen Film Fes­ti­val in Copen­hagen Oc­to­ber 27, 2016.—Reuters

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