(SPUTNIK NEWS) – The case, in which former Cabinet minister Inger Støjberg was slapped with a belated impeachment and prison sentence, raised the eyebrows of legal professionals, who saw it as exceptionally harsh. By her own admission, she sought to protect the migrant child brides from all sorts of abuse.
Former Danish Immigration Minister Inger Støjberg has been sentenced to 60 days in prison over an illegal order she made in 2016 to separate asylum seeker couples.
While Støjberg maintained that she acted against the phenomenon of child brides and sought to protect the girls from all sorts of abuse, the court found that she intentionally acted against the law when she ordered that couples be separated without individual case assessment if either of the partners (usually the wife) was below the age of 18. Her decision was therefore found to be “unlawful”, TV2 reported. All in all, some two dozen couples were separated. The punishment is unconditional and cannot be appealed, meaning she will serve the prison sentence. She could, however, be permitted to serve a short period by using an electronic tag. According to Danish media, the former minister was seen to open her mouth in surprise as the verdict was pronounced.
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