Minister comments decision to dismiss police school's director for leaking tests

Paulo Rocha, Minister of Internal Affairs of Cape Verde

Paulo Rocha, Minister of Internal Affairs of Cape Verde

The compulsory retirement of the director of the National Police Training Center respected the principle "whoever offends has to answer for it," said the Cape Verdean minister.

The Cape Verdean Minister of Internal Affairs said today that the former director of the National Police Training Center's compulsory retirement was a "difficult" decision, but also the application of the principle of that force, which "whoever offends must answer for it."

The position was taken in an interview with Lusa by the Minister Paulo Rocha, after the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) published, in the Official Bulletin, on November 22nd, the disciplinary penalty of compulsory retirement to the former director of the National Center for National Police Training, Superintendent Emanuel Spencer Lopes.

"Because he made it easier, because he leaked tests that benefited those who should not have been benefited," explained Paulo Rocha, alluding to the National Police deputy chief promotion contest announced in February of 2018 and suspended in October of the same year, following allegations of irregularities in the proceedings.

The competition involved tests of knowledge and aptitude for promotion to the rank of second deputy chief of the National Police.

In addition to being director of the National Center for National Police Training, Superintendent Emanuel Spencer Lopes was also chairman of the jury of this contest, having been "accused of some serious infractions," said Paulo Rocha, questioned by Lusa.

He recalled that an inquiry into this case was then initiated by a magistrate of the Attorney General's Office and that "the findings dictated the initiation of disciplinary proceedings" with the senior officer of the National Police.

"And at the end of the disciplinary process was the penalty that was proposed [compulsory retirement], with which I agreed and that was applied," said the Minister Paulo Rocha.

"It's a difficult situation for the institution, obviously. Nobody wants situations like this to happen, but the National Police also have openness and power to recognize and accept this principle: Whoever offends has to answer for it (...) the responsibilities are always determined", said Paulo Rocha.

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