Somalia and Denmark have secretly agreed to cooperate on the repatriation of a dozen Somali nationals annually to the Horn of Africa, reports say.
The Danish Politiken newspaper reported last year that the two countries reached the deal but officials from either country have yet to confirm it or disclose any details.
Danish politicians are demanding answers after a Somali woman told a Danish TV station that she had been subjected to attempted extortion by immigration officers in Somalia over the deportation of her son from Denmark.
Saynab Iman Shikhow is the mother of a man who was deported after being convicted for theft and selling drugs, reports in the Danish media said.
Shikhow allegedly received threatening telephone calls from Somalia over her son’s deportation, in which she was told her son would be beheaded if she did not pay $10,000, The Local said.
“These men that are threatening me now… If he is sent back to them it will be all over for him,” she told TV2.
After being initially deported in January, he is reported to have been rejected by authorities in Somalia, who are said to have been unconvinced he was a national of the African country. He was then sent back to Denmark.
Shikhow said that she received the threatening calls while her son was subsequently in prison in Denmark, where he now awaits a second deportation.
Opposition party the Social Democrats said clarification was needed over the issue.
“I think this sounds serious. Nobody should receive threats in a situation like this, so we plan to contact Inger Støjberg and ask for a confidential explanation of what is going on with this case,” the party’s spokesperson for immigration issues Mattias Tesfaye told TV2.
The Ministry of Immigration and Integration stated via a written message that the agreement between Denmark and Somalia was confidential and that no further comment would be given.
An MP from a second party, the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), has called for more transparency over the arrangement.
“This asks fundamental questions about the arrangement Denmark has with Somalia. Is this a functional Somalian government or a criminal network trying to extort and exploit deported individuals?”, MP Nikolaj Villumsen said.
TV2 reports it was unable to reach Støjberg for comment over the issue.
Additional reporting by Denmark’s The Local newspaper