Denmark starts impeachment trial on ex-immigration minister | Migration News

Denmark starts impeachment trial on ex-immigration minister | Migration News

Inger Stoejberg is being tried for an order to separate asylum-seeking {couples} when one of many pair was a minor.

Denmark’s not often used Court of Impeachment has gathered to strive a former immigration minister for a 2016 order to separate asylum-seeking {couples} when one of many pair was a minor.

Inger Stoejberg, who served as integration minister from 2015 to 2019, appeared earlier than the courtroom on Thursday, which was convening for the primary time in 26 years.

Earlier this 12 months, Denmark’s parliament voted to strive Stoejberg after a parliament-appointed fee stated that separating {couples} in asylum centres was “clearly illegal” and that she had obtained warnings from her division that the follow was illegal.

Stoejberg was then formally accused of illegally initiating the separation of cohabiting {couples} the place one companion was a minor, out of considerations that it might need been a pressured marriage. She additionally misled parliamentary committees on 4 separate events when informing them of her resolution.

Thirty-two {couples} had been to be separated — 23 of them had been break up up earlier than the coverage was halted months later.

Most of the ladies among the many separated {couples} had been between the ages of 15 and 17, whereas the boys had been between 15 and 32. Most got here from Syria and a few {couples} had kids or the ladies had been pregnant.

In Denmark, the authorized age of marriage is eighteen. The girls who had been underneath 18 stated they’d consented to their marriages.

Considered an immigration hardliner, Stoejberg spearheaded the tightening of asylum and immigration guidelines, and Denmark adopted a legislation in 2016 requiring newly arrived asylum seekers handy over valuables equivalent to jewelry and gold to assist pay for his or her stays within the nation.

The trial is being held in an annex of the Foreign Ministry and is because of run till November 30. Stoejberg might face a superb or a most of two years in jail.

The courtroom, which adjudicates instances by which authorities ministers are accused of illegal misconduct and misuse of workplace, was final utilized in 1995. Since it was created in 1849, 5 instances have been introduced earlier than the courtroom, which consists of 15 Supreme Court judges and 15 members appointed by the Danish parliament. Only two ministers have been discovered responsible within the courtroom’s historical past.

In 1995, former Justice Minister Erik Ninn-Hansen was given a suspended four-month sentence for having prevented Sri Lankan refugees from bringing their households to Denmark.

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