Jail time for ex-immigration minister over asylum mandate rule — Analysis

Inger Stojberg, a former Danish immigration minister was sentenced to 60 days in prison for ordering illegally the seperation of couples seeking asylum in northern Europe.

On Monday, an impeachment court convicted the ex-immigration minister and sentenced her to 60 days’ unconditional imprisonment over a 2016 order which saw underage migrant couples separated. 

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Stojberg is known for her rigid stance against migration and ordered that Danish authorities seperate migrant couples on arrival. In total, 23 couples were separated, in a move which was later deemed unlawful by parliament’s ombudsman. The ombudsman decreed that Stojberg’s order failed to acknowledge that couples have the right to individual assessments.

This right-wing politician was a Liberal Party minister between 2015 and 2019. She was accused of knowingly violating the law. The ex-minister had stated to the media that she expected this case to be dismissed, and also denied giving the orders. Ex-minister said the order was meant to protect underage girls and end child marriages. 

Outside the court, Jon Lauritzen & Anne Birgitte Gammeljord stated to reporters that they are satisfied with the judgment and claimed that it is “an historic case.”

In this first impeachment case in almost three decades, the prosecution wanted a conditional four-month sentence in jail. Twenty-six of the 26 judges concurred in convicting the former minister.

In 2016, a couple from Syria complained to the Ombudsman about being placed in different asylum facilities upon their arrival in Denmark. Commission launched to investigate the “so-called” “child bride case”2020 saw the separation of two countries. “clearly illegal.”



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