Published On: Fri, Dec 21st, 2012

Secretary-General Van Rijn will challenge the Government in court

WILLEMSTAD – Secretary-General of the Ministry of General Affairs Stella van Rijn goes to court.

She will file a complaint against the government of Curaçao because the interim Minister of General Affairs, Stanley Betrian, denied her access to the Ministry this week. "The minister did not give any valid reason," says Van Rijn. "Indeed, in the report given by the Interim Minister Betrian, he did not even specify a reason ". Meanwhile Betrian stated to the media that the alleged political color of Van Rijn the reason is for the access refusal.

This tends to show, according to Van Rijn, that Interim Minister Betrian fails to follow the legislation that regulates the rights and obligations of civil servants, the Ordinance Civil Servant Rights (LMA). "A minister may not deny access to an official, just because he thinks someone is politically tainted, and without further mention of any other cause or reason." Van Rijn is, at the request of interim Minister Betrian, with paid leave since the appointment of the interim government in early October, but this week she received a formal notice when she pointed out that she will resume her work since the end of the interim government is in sight.

“As long as a loyal servant performs his duties, no disciplinary measure can be enacted,” Van Rijn declared. "I will request the judge to destroy the access denial."

Van Rijn was the personal secretary of the former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte.

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