Impeachment of Inger Støjberg

Inger Støjberg, the Danish Minister for Immigration and Integration, was impeached by the Folketing on 2 February 2021 with 141 votes for and 30 against.[1] Støjberg is accused of, in her capacity as Minister, having instructed the Danish Immigration Service to separate asylum-seeking partners where one partner was under the age of 18, which – according to the ombudsman of the Folketing, an examination by a commission, and an assessment by two impartial lawyers – was not allowed. It has been deemed against the European Convention on Human Rights, and there will be an individual evaluation of each couple's separation.[2]

The impeachment was supported by The Red–Green Alliance, The Socialist People's Party, The Social Democratic Party, The Social Liberal Party, Liberal Alliance, a majority of Venstre, The Conservative People's Party and The Alternative. The New Right and The Danish People's Party and nine members of Venstre, including former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, voted against it.[1]

Støjberg was tried before the Court of Impeachment, which consists of 30 members: 15 Supreme Court judges and 15 members chosen by the Folketing.[3]

On 13 December 2021, Støjberg was convicted and sentenced to 60 days of unconditional imprisonment, when 25 out of 26 judges considered her guilty.[4]


  1. ^ a b Nielsen, Mads Korsager (February 2, 2021). "141 folketingskolleger stemte Inger Støjberg i rigsretten" (in Danish). Danmarks Radio.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Nielsen, Nicolas (January 27, 2021). "Her er rigsrets-anklagen mod Inger Støjberg: Tiltales for ulovlige adskillelser og vildledning af Folketinget" (in Danish). Danmarks Radio.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Kotkas, Birk Sebastian (February 2, 2021). "Rigsretssagen er vedtaget: Sådan kommer den til at foregå" (in Danish). Altinget.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Rigsretten - Rigsretten har afsagt dom i sagen mod fhv. minister Inger Støjberg". (in Danish). Retrieved 2021-12-13.