Our Danish correspondent TB translated the article and the video. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for doing the subtitling.
Iraqis in Denmark, Part 4: The General
This article is a bit more sensational than the others, since it involves an implied death threat to the journalists involved. It concerns an Iraqi general who was confronted at his home by a news crew from Ekstra Bladet and TV2:
The General’s son: In Iraq you would have been shot!
You would have been shot in Iraq if you had asked your questions there! That was the warning when Ekstra Bladet confronted an Iraqi general on early retirement pension in Køge — see the confrontation and the family’s many answers!
Ekstra Bladet Sunday reveals yet another Iraqi Kurd who receives an early retirement pension at an address in Denmark while at the same time living a luxury life because of a job in Iraq.
This time it is one of the most influential couples of Northern Iraq that Ekstra Bladet can expose: The 60-year-old Iraqi refugee Fouad Chalabi and his wife Berevab Sarhank. She has just been elected to the Iraqi parliament while he for years has been the right hand of the Iraqi president. According to high-ranking sources in Denmark and Iraq, that job pays a high salary and other perks such as car, a house and bodyguards in Iraq.
When they made contact with the family in a housing project on Parkvej in Køge, Ekstra Bladet were met with contradictory explanations about why Chalabi was living this double life. And the general’s son was very direct in his rejection of the paper’s journalists and photographers:
“You would have been shot if you had asked those questions in Iraq, the son said,” who recommended that the paper “think of something else”.
“Find another Iraqi. You have to show respect for cultures. You see, my father has a lot of respect in Iraq,” he explained.