Serious abuses at Marechaussee
The Royal Marechaussee dismissed 54 employees last year for violations of the service's integrity regulations.20 February 2008
THE HAGUE – The Royal Marechaussee dismissed 54 employees last year for violations of the service's integrity regulations. Among them were a number of military police in training.
A spokesperson confirmed the report on this in the Telegraaf on Wednesday. The Marechaussee employees a total of 6,500 people.
The information comes from a quarterly report from an internal workgroup on integrity which the newspaper managed to get a hold of. The report also indicates that one Marechaussee officer was caught last spring with cocaine and 26 ecstasy pills.
An employee was also given a warning when police arrested him for drink driving, the Telegraaf reports. Another employee was dismissed last year for assaulting his ex-girlfriend's new partner on Queen's Day in Rotterdam.
The report also indicates that Marechaussee have anonymously reported that colleagues have engaged in sexual activity in the queen's Golden Coach under their protection. Marechaussee on guard also reportedly used a swimming pool at one of the royal palaces.
35 Marechaussee workers were dismissed for integrity offences in 2006. The increase last year can be explained, says a spokesperson for the Marechaussee. Internal checks became stricter last year after the defence department introduced a code of conduct.
"Marechaussee have to stick to higher integrity standards than employees of other divisions of the armed forces. Smoking a joint for example is grounds for immediate dismissal in the Marechaussee, other branches of the military issue a warning first."
The green-left GroenLinks faction in Parliament responded with concern to the report and will request an emergency debate with the ministers of defence and justice next week when Parliament returns from recess.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]
Subject: Dutch news