Secretaries of Belgian police chief demoted temporarily

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Two secretaries of the police head and his assistant have been temporarily transferred to another department in face of unjust promotions accusations.

10 July 2008

BELGIUM - Two secretaries of the federal Chief of Police Fernand Koekelberg and his assistant have been temporarily transferred to another department, following rumours of unjust promotions in recent days.

The two secretaries had received promotions taking them from level C to level A, without having done exams. Further they do not have a university degree, which is a pre-requisite for A level functions.

Committee P, the committee which audits and supervises the police services, is carrying out an investigation into the matter.

The committee wants to determine whether the promotion of the two secretaries was justified and whether it followed the correct procedures.

According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Patrick Dewael, there is no wrongdoing as seen from a legal standpoint. However, due to the controversy that has arisen, he thinks it better to take measures to maintain the irreproachability of the head of the federal police.

The two secretaries have therefore been relieved of their positions as top secretaries and have been returned to the statute of co-worker.

Dewael hopes the Chief of Police can function normally, pending results of the investigation by Committee P.

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