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Former Minister Støjberg is serving time in ankle cuffs

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Copenhagen (dpa) – Following her conviction by a special court set up especially for her, former Danish Foreign Minister Inger Støjberg has started her sentence according to her own statements.

He sincerely accepts the verdict and is now serving his sentence in shackles to be able to attend to his work, the conservative politician wrote in his bulletin, according to the Ritzau news agency.

In December 2021, Støjberg was sentenced to 60 days in prison by a so-called Reichsgericht for misconduct. The court found the 49-year-old guilty of having acted with intent in separating an asylum-seeking couple from Syria. In Denmark, prison sentences of up to six months can be served in certain cases with an electronic tag. For this, however, certain requirements must be met, such as permanent employment and adequate accommodation.

Støjberg was Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration from 2015 to 2019. During this time, he is said to have illegally ordered the couple from Syria to separate because the woman was a minor. In 2016, his ministry stated in a statement that all asylum couples would be housed separately if one of the partners was a minor. According to the court, it was an illegal instruction. 23 couples were affected.

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