A Danish court has dismissed a legal case filed by citizens who accused Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen of violating the country's constitution by sending troops to Iraq.

The group, including the family of a Danish soldier killed in Iraq, had brought suit against the prime minister.

The suit accused him of violating the constitution because he dispatched the troops in the absence of a United Nations resolution authorizing the Iraqi operation.

The plaintiffs have indicated readiness to appeal to Denmark's Supreme Court.

Denmark has fewer than 500 troops serving in southern Iraq. Mr. Rasmussen has announced plans to withdraw them later this year and replace them with four helicopters and an air force unit of about 50.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.