Denmark to send foreign convicts abroad for jailing — Analysis

Scores of foreign criminals from Denmark will be imprisoned in Kosovo, the latter’s justice minister has announced. The Nordic nation will also fund green energy projects in the area.

Albulena Haxhiu, the Justice Minister of Albania stated that 300 Danish prisoners will not be sent from Denmark to Kosovo in a Thursday statement. “of high risk.”

While the plan aims alleviate the strain on Denmark’s prison system, both parties have insisted that the prisoners will be treated the same in Kosovo as they would be in the Nordic state.

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“We have done what we can to ensure that this is within the rules. The exact same rules will apply as for prisons in Denmark,” the country’s justice minister, Nick Hekkerup, told local media in Copenhagen. “The deported convicts [will] still be able to get visitors, although that will, of course, be difficult,”He stated.

These 300 cells will serve as deportation centers for non-European Union country criminals who have been convicted and are now facing sentencing. Haxhiu said the jail readied for Denmark’s criminals is based in the eastern town of Gjilan.

Denmark is vowing to increase its resources for prisons amid decades of staff departure and record numbers of inmates since 1950s. This was partly driven by increasing gang violence.

The deal will see Kosovo receive €210 million in capital investments, earmarked for green and renewable energy projects. The 10-year agreement still needs to be ratified by Kosovo’s parliament. Haxhiu said it should be signed next week.



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