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"I feel like a leper in this society. Walking back and forth in mazes of agony, which can only be escaped when I go to the grave."

Open letter: “Tålt ophold” is a second sentence for the same crime

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(We send this open letter to the Minister of Justice. She did not want to reply)

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Sandholm
Center Sandholm is Ismaels future for the rest of his life he fears (Photo: Tania)

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My name is Ismael Debboub. I am 66 years old. I have been living on “tålt ophold” in Center Sandholm since 2012.

Earlier I got sentenced for an offence for which I had to go to prison. When I had finished my sentence, the authorities decided that I should live in Sandholm asylum center for the rest of my life.

It is incredible how justice can double-condemn someone, giving him two sentences for the same crime.

I must stay and sleep in Sandholm and I have to report to the police daily. I live in a room that is 25 square meters with two other men who are on “tålt ophold” like me. I am not allowed to marry the woman I love and I am not allowed to work. I live of the food, clothes and medicine given to me by the Red Cross.

I cannot go back. The government of my country condemned me by death in 1992.

Everything  is closed around me. No hope, no future. I do not have enough strength anymore to bear this heavy penalty. I feel like a leper in this society. Walking back and forth in mazes of agony, which can only be escaped when I go to the grave.

What to do with me, a 66-years-old man? Keep me all my life under this sentence of “Tålt ophold”?

I think people on tålt ophold should be given THE LAST chance to redeem themselves. Give them a chance to pay back to the society for the mistakes that they have done in the past – and for which they have paid the price in prison already.

If Denmark granted me asylum I would do everything possible to redeem the debt I owe to the Danish society. I would never make another mistake.

Please give me the chance of leaving this life-long sentence of tålt ophold.

Ismael Debboub

[message_box title=”Who is on tålt ophold?” color=”green”]Foreigners who have lost their right to stay in Denmark, but cannot be send back to their home countries because the Danish authorities consider it very likely that the person will be persecuted or tortured there.

Almost everybody on tålt ophold have committed a crime in Denmark and served their sentences.

There are 66 people on tålt ophold in Denmark.

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