Last year, 22 penitentiary officials were fired for “illicit practices”. This is evident from figures from Justice Minister Koen Geens (CD&V), about which the Sudpresse newspapers report.
Three cases involved drug-trafficking offenses, but there were also cases of illicit contacts (the guards should not have contact with prisoners outside the walls), relations with prisoners, or breaches of the regulations regarding illness.
75 disciplinary files were started last year, of which 26 in Flanders, 39 in Wallonia and 9 in Brussels. Of the dismissed staff, 5 worked in Flanders, 2 in Brussels and 15 in Wallonia.