We are now entering week 4 of the shameful period where a Dane was extradited and now is waiting for a showtrial at the Miami Federal Detention center in Miami.
Much to my surprise I discovered that a real criminal wanted by the US authorities was in Denmark for just some months ago without our police arresting this person so he could get his rightful 50 years in prison.
Why did they not react?
Maybe because his arrest would not benefit anyone in the domestic political world.
Remember Camilla Broe – the Danish woman facing a showtrial in Miami? Her trial will start december 2009.
The interesting news about her case is that her ordeal has had an immense impact on the number of teenagers and young adults attending either exchange programs, studying abroad or working abroad.
There are fewer than ever before. Mostly the reason is stated to be that more information is needed. New webpages like Exchange Student Info or Udveksling student (in English) are trying to help solving this problem.
But the Camilla Broe case showed the relatives of young people considering living outside Denmark for a period that this decision can impact them for the rest of their lives. It is as dangerous as sending your son or daughter to Afghanistan with our armed forces.
A pattern are emerging which tells us that her arrest and extradition has something to do with the fight our government have been involved in for years where they want to stop our youth from taking a gap year.
Today the rules are clear. Once you have your high school exam you keep a bonus if you refrain from taking a gab year or take a year to earn money so you can afford further education. Denmark is a class divided society. People from the working class shouldn’t pursue a carrier on a higher level than they are born to.
Back when I was young one of the most expensive loans you could take in a bank was a loan for education where the state stepped in and secured that the bank could get their money no matter what. You could loan money with a lower interest if you lied and told the bank that you wanted a new Television or a car.
Then all the interests dropped in the 1980’s. Suddenly a lot of people began to study without the proper social herritage. The small elite who are hired to rule Denmark for the politicians and who are educated at Herlufsholm or Soroe academy were threatened by people coming from the working class. Low interests meant that parents could buy a small apartment in Copenhagen for their children where they could live while they studied. Danish Students don’t like to live in colleges or boarding schools. They want to live on their own. They would rather drop out than living too close together.
Something had to be done. If you look Gab year up on Wikipedia you will learn that Denmark unlike most countries is fighting against the use of gap years. One way to spend a gap year is to learn about other cultures and it is basically risking fauna polluting. Also students who take time off working for charities are punished. The trade unions don’t like people working for free, so the use of interns is also opposed.
But the students continued to travel abroad even though a number of them were punished without belief. I can remember cases like the one against poor Desfeux at Yale doing what all young Danish males does – he kept a trophy.
So they had to do something unbelievable cruel, so when the prosecution in Florida made an inquiry about Camilla Broe because some criminals happened to have mentioned her name to get off easy regardless of she had left the country years before she was charged, she became the fall-guy – not only in a case of drug smuggling which was poorly handled because they made a deal with the real drug lord, which should never have been done – but also a fall-guy so future young Danes considering to live abroad for a period could see that it really was too easy to end up in prison without any cause.
Camilla Broe is a victim for politics with a hidden agenda. Polanski got off while he was in Denmark regardless of how cruel his crime was because his arrest was not useful for our politicians.
It is simply not fair and that’s why I am happy that he might end up serving time for the crime he did commit for the rest of his life. If we should give up one of our citizens for no reason other than simply to prove a point, everybody else should also suffer.