Danish Member of Parliament disabled

Former Danish Immigration Minister Inger Støjberg was disqualified from her mandate as a deputy, following her sentence to two months in prison for having illegally separated couples of asylum seekers.

A large majority of the Danish Parliament, the Folketing, voted for her immediate exclusion, considering that her prison sentence was incompatible with her seat as a deputy.

Last week, a special court found Støjberg guilty of deliberately violating the ministerial responsibility law by ordering the separation of asylum-seeking couples when the woman was a minor, a measure to combat forced marriages.

Her decision violated the European Convention on Human Rights, according to the court that tries ministers for acts committed during their mandate, and that sentenced her to a prison sentence for the first time in its history.

In 2016, 23 couples, most of whom had little difference in age, were separated without an individual examination of the cases, following instructions from the ministry.

The minister’s decision was classified as “illegal” because no exceptions were made.

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