Woman questioned from Syrian prison camp via iPad

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Via a handheld iPad that circulated between judges, lawyers and a PET man called KF 0531, or just Søren, a somewhat distinctive explanation was given on Tuesday in the Eastern High Court.

From the audience seats, one could not see the 31-year-old woman whose voice was heard from the iPad speaker. The woman explained that she was in a room in a building in the Al Roj prison camp in Syria, and that there were masked armed guards on the other side of a non-soundproof door.

The woman has been detained for about three years. During that period, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration Mattias Tesfaye (S) has decided to take Danish citizenship from women.

The case is the first in a series of cases to be tried in court. 11 times, without prior judicial review, the Minister has taken citizenship from men and women who are believed to have joined the Islamic State in Syria or otherwise posed a threat to Danish interests.

»My whole family is in Denmark. My brothers are there, my sisters are there – there are five of us in total – their children are there, my aunts are there, “the woman says when her lawyer Knud Foldschack interrogates her for a little over an hour.

The woman says she was born in Morocco. She came to Denmark as a three-year-old and has only been to Morocco a couple of times on holiday as a child.

That her whole family is in Denmark does not fit, however. For her two small children – boys, the eldest being four – are in Al Roj with her. Judging from the voice, she breaks down as she has to tell how they are feeling.

“They are very stressed. They are malnourished and they constantly expect something bad to happen, “the woman said.

She wants the court to declare her citizenship invalid. Knud Foldschack has argued that the court should, in a 19-page summary pleading.

But at Thursday’s court hearing, neither Knud Foldschack nor lawyer Søren Horsbøl Jensen, who represents the ministry, went into detail with the issues of the case.

The court spent four hours establishing contact with the Al Roj camp so that the questioning of the woman could be carried out. But it succeeded in the end.

The woman said that in the decision-making process she has not had the opportunity to explain why she has been in Syria. She has not been heard as it is called.

At Tuesday’s court hearing, however, she told – what has previously appeared in the Danish media – that she has been married to a man who was killed in 2015. He was reportedly high on the straw in the militant movement Islamic State in Syria.

The case continues on Wednesday, where the lawyers will go into the details of the case. On Thursday, they will make their closing remarks before the district court withdraws to vote. It is not yet known when the verdict will be handed down.

/ ritzau

Source: www.berlingske.dk by www.berlingske.dk.

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