Questions for asylum seekers sparked discussions in the ministry

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Although journalist Orla Borg from Jyllands-Posten in February 2016 never received a response from the Ministry of Immigration and Integration Affairs to her article on asylum couples, his inquiry set the ministry in motion with the ministry.

Prosecutor Anne Birgitte Gammeljord will go through that process on Tuesday in the Supreme Court, where she will question former Minister Inger Støjberg, who is accused of having initiated and maintained an illegal instruction on the separation of asylum couples.

The journalist’s article was about professors assessing that an exception-free system of separating minor asylum seekers from spouses could be in violation of international conventions.

Chief Consultant in the Ministry of Immigration and Integration Affairs Merete Milo would rectify the press release that the ministry had sent out on 10 February to separate couples, without exceptions being mentioned.

But department head in the ministry Lykke Sørensen refused to correct.

“We can not do that, because it is the minister’s clear statement that there should be no exceptions,” it read in an email, where she also wrote that there had been a long process with the minister on the matter.

In the Supreme Court on Monday, Inger Støjberg says that she was not involved at all in the discussions about answering the inquiry. She was gone herself because her father was very ill.

“The whole long correspondence, I have not been involved in at all,” she says, adding:

“I have nothing to contribute in relation to the discussions that have taken place between employees in the ministry.”

Prosecutor Anne Birgitte Gammeljord asks how it can be that Lykke Sørensen says that Støjberg has given a “clear statement”.

»Then we are all the way back to February 10 in the afternoon. That must be what she is referring to. But the best thing must be to ask Lykke Sørensen about it, «says Støjberg and thus refers to when the press release was to be made.

In relation to it, Støjberg has said that she would not mention exceptions, as she would not flag it. At the same time, she has explained that a press release should not say everything and is not a legal document.

“But have you given a clear indication that there should be no exceptions?”, Anne Birgitte Gammeljord wants to know.

“In the press release,” answers Støjberg, who maintains that Lykke Sørensen must be on the field:

“It’s hard to say what she’s thinking. It is better to ask Lykke Sørensen about. “

The discussions on the journalist’s question also came up in the Instruction Commission. But in the Supreme Court, the process surrounding the separation of the asylum couples is re-examined.

The interrogation of the former Liberal Minister and now non-attached Member Inger Støjberg began on Monday. Tuesday is the sixth day of the trial, which runs over more than 30 court hearings.

The interrogation of Lykke Sørensen is expected to begin on Wednesday.

/ ritzau /

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