Political majority will examine justice ministers in Eritrea case

Parliament calls for investigation of Attorney Frederiksen and predecessor Hækkerups share in Eritrea case.

Right now requires an examination of the Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) and her predecessor Karen Haekkerup (S) involvement in the so-called Eritrea-case.

The proposal meets the backing of a political majority consisting of Unity, SF and the Danish People’s Party, writes Berlingske Monday.

Frederiksen claimed Friday Immigration a statement on Eritrea report, but a majority in Parliament considers that there should also focus on the two successive Ministers of Justice responsibility in the matter.

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– That’s fine with a statement from the Danish Immigration Service, but we also want an explanation of the minister’s role. The minister is trying to do this for all sorts of other people’s problem. She must take political responsibility themselves.

– It is Mette Frederiksen, who has approved the report and praised it in a press release. Therefore we charge the Minister a statement, said Liberal spokesman, Karsten Lauritzen, Berlingske.

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It all started last weekend, when Professor Gaim Kibreab, the only named source in the report of the Danish Immigration Service, withdrew from the report because he felt betrayed and abused by the Danish officials.

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The report was prepared by the Immigration Service on the basis of a so-called fact-finding mission to the East African country to investigate the security situation.

Specifically, the report noted that it is no longer risky for people of Eritrea to escape from the country’s so-called national service, which is a mixture of military service and work for the state and the government.

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The report’s conclusion means in practice that a number of asylum seekers can be sent from Denmark to Eritrea without endangering their lives.

– There is no doubt that it would be appropriate to have a detailed knowledge of how this case has been handled in the ministry, says foreigners spokesman Karina Lorentzen (SF).

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She points out that there are now suspicions that the Immigration Service has attempted to provide what the government wanted, writes Berlingske.

Neither Immigration or Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen has returned to the newspaper’s inquiries Sunday.