Denmark pays out for civilian deaths in Afghanistan

Danish army pays compensation to families of civilian victims in Afghanistan

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Danish military has paid compensation for Afghan civilians killed and wounded by Danish troops throughout the year 2010, documents have revealed

Details obtained by the Information newspaper from the Defence Command Denmark (Forsvaret) and the Military Prosecution Service (Forsvarets Auditørkorps) following a freedom of information request have revealed that Denmark provided financial compensation to the families of 18 Afghan civilians killed in the conflict in Afghanistan.

Details published in the Metroxpress outlined that the payout to families of civilians killed or injured by Danish troops in 2010 ranged from 1,500 kroner ($250) to 267,050 ($40,000).

Chief of Defence Peter Bartram said the pay-outs were voluntary and it was not a sign of any legal responsibility for the casualties.  

“When there is no judicial compensation responsibility, there can be situations in which one out of a consideration for fairness will take a look at whether there is something to be done that will have a positive effect in the areas in which Danish soldiers are stationed and can help to increase security,” said Bartram.

Captain Mads Silberg who was in charge of the Danish troops in Afghanistan said, “We paid out a lot of compensation. It was only fair because there were a lot of injuries. It’s well known that we fired quite a lot of shots while we were there.”

The first ever Danish troops were sent to Afghanistan in 2002 and served until 2013. Denmark still has a residual force stationed in the country.

TRTWorld and agencies