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Because of the asylum law: Former Danish Minister for Integration sentenced to prison


Copenhagen - Former Danish Minister for Foreigners and Integration, Inger Støjberg, was sentenced to imprisonment on Monday at the end of her impeachment proceedings. The background to this is an order from 2016, with which she ordered the separation of pairs of asylum seekers, some of whom were minors, without checking the individual case, reports the news portal The Local.

The measure was unlawful, found the impeachment court, made up of 26 judges. The judgment can therefore not be appealed. The sentence is 60 days of unconditional imprisonment. However, today's politician could possibly shorten her prison term by wearing an electronic ankle bracelet.

Violation of the human rights convention
"Inger Støjberg was found guilty of willful breach of the Ministerial Responsibility Act," said the Danish Imperial Court in a statement, according to The Local.

According to the report, the impeachment court only meets to negotiate against former or incumbent members of the government. The trial against Støjberg is the third of its kind since 1910.

Again and again headlines about asylum policy
From 2016 to 2019, the politician was part of the Lars Løkke Rasmussen III government for the liberal-conservative party Venstre as Minister for Foreigners and Integration. The trial now being negotiated concerned the separation of couples seeking asylum, in which the woman was under 18 years old but only showed a slight age difference to her husband. Støjberg's decision violated the European Convention on Human Rights.

Even under the current, social democratic-led government of Mette Frederiksen, Denmark continues to make headlines with its asylum policy. In September she announced that she would make social benefits for immigrants subject to compulsory work. "We want to introduce a new work logic in which people have a duty to make a contribution and to make themselves useful, and if they cannot find a regular job, they have to work for their pocket money," said the Prime Minister.

Previously, the parliament had voted for a law according to which asylum seekers can be deported to countries outside the EU without a procedure. There the further fate of the people should then be decided.

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