Our Danish correspondent Signe has translated an article from Thursday’s TV2 News about a sordid cultural enrichment case in Sønderborg, which is a sleepy provincial town in South Jutland at the foot of Dybbøl Banke, where the great battle of 1864 took place.
The battle taking place today is of a different sort, and is occurring in a polygamous household of Muslim immigrants:
Sex case: Had two wives and eleven children- - - - - - - - -
An Egyptian man, who lived in Sønderborg with his two wives and a total of eleven children, is now being held in custody for abusing several of his children.
As far back as 2003 the Sønderborg Kommune received warnings that the man committed violence and sexual assaults on several of his children. However, in spite of a range of approaches, the municipality took no action until recently.
One of the two wives, Dorthe, has now come forward and told TV 2 News about living with violence and threats over a period of more than ten years.
“The last ten years have to a high degree been influenced by violence and threats and incest against two of my girls,” says Dorthe, who does not want her surname revealed.
Cannot make a statement
After the wedding, in 1993 Dorthe moved with her husband into a farmhouse that was already inhabited by a German Muslim woman. They lived separately as two families, but over the years it became clear that the husband lived with both of the women.
“I don’t have the option of making a statement in the concrete case, but what I wish to say very clearly is that when we receive notifications, it is often a serious case. And then it is our duty to take action and look into the matter,” says Jette Østergaard, head of the Children and Education Division in Sønderborg Kommune.
Turned over to the Attorney General
Police lawyers have assessed that the case is serious enough to warrant at least four years of prison time. As such the case files have been turned over to the Attorney General in Sønderborg.
“Of course such a case only comes before us from the Police when they assess that it is grave enough to go before a jury,” says Attorney General Jan Reckendorff to JydskeVestkysten (www.jv.dk).
It is not known when the Attorney General will finish his assessment of the case.
Thanks to Henrik Ræder Clausen for the background on Sønderborg.
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