Published January 21, 2014
The Ministry of the Interior has responded to a formal request from the State Prosecutor’s office for any and all documents related to a leaked memo on an asylum seeker.
The statement from the ministry says that whilst they have responded, the general public will not be seeing any of it, as “personal information” is included in the response. The ministry furthermore provided no paraphrasing or summation of the contents.
The ministry went on to emphasise that “the estimation of the ministry and government management confirmed that confidential documents regarding the case have only gone to those who have the right to them according to the law.” They add that they fully intend to submit all related documents to the State Prosecutor.
As reported, the State Prosecutor’s request stems from the leak of a memo on Nigerian asylum seeker Tony Omos, which falsely impugned both himself and the expecting mother of his child, Evelyn Glory Joseph.
After lawyers filed charges with the police against the ministry, citing breach of confidentiality, slander and abuse of public office, the State Prosecutor asked that the ministry explains “whether the ministry has, in its estimation, written the memo or whether there are other documents available which could shed light on that estimation. If such documents are available, it is asked that they are sent to the State Prosecutor. When the ministry response has been received, it will then be determined whether to refer the matter to police investigation.”
A response from the State Prosecutor is still pending.