Støjberg is questioned: You do not have to say everything in press releases

Among other things, the prosecutor wants to know how Støjberg views the duty of truth as minister in relation to press releases.

– Of course you must not lie in a press release, but you must not say everything. It is not a legal document, says Støjberg and says that a press release must be “guiding”, but “not exhaustive”.

A press release is central to the case, where Støjberg is accused of having initiated and maintained an illegal instruction.

On 10 February 2016, she announced in a press release that she had asked the Danish Immigration Service to immediately put an end to minors in the asylum system being able to live with a spouse or cohabitant.

The press release did not mention any possibility of exceptions. Since in such cases one is entitled to an individual treatment, it will be an illegal way of practicing.

As early as 25 January 2016, Støjberg announced in a post on Facebook that she would have immediately stopped minors living with older spouses.

It was after an article in Berlingske the same day with the headline: “Child brides live with adult spouses in asylum centers in Denmark”.

– It occurred to me a lot when it dawned on me that we had child brides in our asylum system in Denmark. It came as a shock, says Støjberg.

She wrote the advertisement from a minibus in Brussels, where she was with, among others, the then head of department in the ministry, Lykke Sørensen.

– I have no doubt said very strongly what I think about this. I have probably said: What can I do? Then it is that Lykke Sørensen says: You can do what you want. These are your centers, says Støjberg.

Støjberg denies having done anything illegal and acted in violation of international conventions. She says that the then government had said that one should comply with the conventions.

She says that in a number of cases she did not think that the conventions were her “cup of tea”.

– But to break them, it was very, very far, she says and adds:

– But we often discussed where the edge was for the conventions.

Monday is the fifth day in the state court case, which runs over 30 court hearings. The court has set aside two and a half days for Støjberg’s explanation. Later, a number of other interrogations of, among others, officials follow. The verdict is expected before Christmas.

Source: The Nordic Page





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