Denmark plans to extradite Latvian mother to South Africa

Denmark plans to extradite Latvian mother Kristine Misane to South Africa on February 12, or two days before the Danish District Court is expected to decide on possibly releasing the woman due to her already serving her sentence, LETA was told by Misane’s representatives.

According to them, the Danish prosecutor’s office is currently “trying, by any means possible, to extradite Misane South Africa”. With this in mind, Misane has today started a hunger strike at her place of detention. Its purpose is to draw attention to the rights of European Union citizens, which prohibits extradition to third countries.

According to Misane’s spokespersons, extradition 48 hours before the hearing is “a slap in the face for both Misane and Latvia, showing that, according to the Danish Attorney General’s Office, the people of Latvia are not EU citizens whose rights must too be protected”.

As reported, a Danish court last week ruled to leave Misane in custody. According to Misane’s representatives, in the hearing the judge had to decide whether to keep Misane in custody or release her after the South African authorities did not take her over within 30 days as required.

LETA also reported, Misane met a citizen of the South Africa in 2011 and they had a daughter four years later. However, conflicts began between the two parents, which were initially financially motivated. The man then unilaterally decided to end the relationship and began to abuse both Misane and the two minors in the family.

Fearing for the safety and lives of herself and her children, in Misane returned to Latvia in May 2018. In December 2018, Misane went on a business trip through Copenhagen to Mozambique, but was detained while crossing the border because she was wanted by Interpol. South Africa had told Interpol that Misane was wanted for kidnapping a minor. Now the women is facing a fifteen-year prison sentence in South Africa.

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