Austrian deportation chief fired

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 15, 2010 19:58

VIENNA — Austrian Interior Minister Maria Fekter has fired the official who oversaw the detention and deportation of 8-year-old twins.

The sisters and their father were seized last week in an early morning raid and deported to Kosovo after being denied asylum and refusing to leave on their own. Their mother, who is in psychiatric care, stayed behind. The case sparked protests and has dominated debate for days.

Fekter spokesman Andreas Wallner says Stefan Stortecky was sacked Friday because the deportation lacked "sensitivity" and was not properly planned and carried out.

Fekter is under increasing pressure to be more lenient about allowing well-integrated foreign families to stay in Austria on humanitarian grounds if they don't meet the criteria for asylum.


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