National: Staff at Luxembourg’s integration agency allegedly made illicit recordings of refugee interviews and the former minister in charge failed to make a proper report, according to a news report.
Staff at a government agency that is meant to help refugees have been accused of illicitly recording conversations with claimants, and the former minister in charge of the bureau allegedly failed to pass an internal report on to the proper authorities, according to a news publication.
A criminal inquiry has been opened into charges that a senior civil servant at the Grand Duchy’s foreigner integration office OLAI illegally ordered meetings with asylum seekers to be recorded on staff members’ mobile phones without informing the refugee applicants, Paperjam (in French) reported on Tuesday. The publication said the objective of making the secret recordings was unclear.
A formal investigation was opened following a complaint to prosecutors in September from Corinne Cahen, the DP family minister who is responsible for OLAI, Paperjam said citing a court spokesman. However staff had alerted the former family minister, Marie-Josée Jacobs of the CSV, in 2011, the publication reported. The senior civil servant in question left the agency after the new minister took over last year.
The court spokesman said an investigating magistrate had not yet been named.
As of this writing, neither OLAI nor the CSV had returned Delano’s messages seeking comment.