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Founded guilty of deliberately flouting her ministerial responsibilities and violating the European Convention on Human Rights by ordering the separation of couples seeking asylum, some of whom had children, when the woman was under the age of 18, Inger Støjberg expected to be acquitted.

I am very, very surprised, said the deputy at the exit of the court. I think it’s a defeat for Danish values ​​today, not just for me.

In 2016, 23 couples, whose age difference was mostly small, had been separated, without individual examination of their file, under the instruction given by the Minister. They were then placed in different centers while their case was being examined.

Her decision was illegal because the Immigration Department was under no obligation to make a concrete arrangement […] in which no consideration was given individually to the persons concerned, indicated the President of the Court, Thomas Rørdam, during the delivery of the judgment.

The prosecution welcomed a verdict clear and correct.

What is decisive for us is that the court concluded that Inger Støjberg is guilty, and that this was intentional, responded prosecutor Jon Lauritzen.

Parliament will decide on his possible exclusion from his mandate as a deputy, independent of the sentence, on which it is impossible to appeal.

Minister of Immigration from 2015 to 2019 in a center-right government supported by the anti-immigration populist right of the Danish People’s Party (DF), Ms. Støjberg assumed Denmark’s very restrictive welcome policy. She prided herself on having passed more than 110 amendments restricting the rights of foreigners.

During her tenure, she also passed a measure confiscating migrants’ property to finance their care in Denmark.

A former star of the Liberal Party, she had left him last winter when he was formally charged.

One of his former government colleagues praised the smooth functioning of Danish justice.

Sixty days is a harsh sentence, but it is important that lies and demagoguery cannot weaken the lawFormer Finance Minister Kristian Jensen wrote on Twitter.

Ms Støjberg counts among her most fervent supporters the far-right parties, which cried foul after the verdict was announced.

regardless of what outdated conventions may think “,” text “:” A totally incomprehensible judgment. Inger Støjberg did the right thing. Child marriage should not be discussed in Denmark – regardless of what outdated conventions may think “}}”>A totally incomprehensible judgment. Inger Støjberg did the right thing. Child marriages shouldn’t be discussed in Denmark – regardless of what outdated conventions may think, wrote on Facebook the leader of DF to the Folketinget, the Danish parliament.

This is only the third time since 1910 that a politician has been referred to the 26 judges of the Special Court of Justice in Denmark, intended to try ministers who have committed malfeasance or negligence in the exercise of their functions.

The last case dates back to 1993 with the Tamilgate, the illegal freeze on the family reunification of Tamil refugees which was decided in 1987 and 1988 by the former Conservative Minister of Justice Erik Ninn-Hansen. The latter then received a suspended four-month prison sentence.

In Denmark, people serving prison sentences of less than six months can be placed under electronic surveillance.

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