"I did not influence selection procedures"
Guido Van Wymersch, the new chief of the Brussels-Elsene (Ixelles) police zone, denies allegations of manipulation.Guido Van Wymersch, the new chief of the Brussels-Elsene (Ixelles) police zone, denies allegations of manipulation. His lawyer sent a letter to the press yesterday evening, denying his client influenced selection procedures when applying for the post. Nevertheless, Interior Minister Patrick Dewael is considering starting a procedure against Mr Van Wymersch, which wouldn't be the first.
The daily De Morgen yesterday published a personal e-mail by Guido Van Wymersch addressed to members of the selection committee.
The text includes extracts like "may I ask you firmly to put number 1 in front of my name and number 2 in front of Yansenne's name." David Yansenne was his strongest challenger for the position.
Mr Van Wymersch admits that he sent the e-mail, but his lawyer now claims that "the proposal of putting a figure in front of his name is a mere formal suggestion which only clarifies what had already been decided by the selection committee."
Interior Minister under fire
It's not the first time Guido Van Wymeersch has been involved in a possible scandal. The Police Monitoring Body, Comité P, suspects him of manipulation in the promotion of Christa Debeck.
Ms Debeck did not successfully pass the selection tests for a higher position within the Police General Inspection department.
Mr Van Wymersch is one of two senior cabinet employees suspected of having forged the results of the tests judging Ms Debeck as a 'suitable candidate' instead of 'unsuitable'.
The case is also angering Interior Minister Patrick Dewael (Flemish liberal). The opposition accuses him of passivism, as he has not yet taken measures against Mr Van Wymersch. However, Mr Dewael claims that it be unwise to act too quickly and awaits a new report of the Comité P.