Bill to sus­pend civil ser­vants who face trial

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The coun­try’s public ad­min­is­tra­tion watchdog, Le­an­dros Rak­intzis, and Al­ter­nate Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form Min­is­ter Christo­foros Vernar­dakis yesterday her­alded leg­isla­tive re­form that fore­sees the sus­pen­sion of civil ser­vants charged with crimes or mis­de­meanors.

The amend­ment, which is ex­pected to be sub­mit­ted in Par­lia­ment by midOc­to­ber, comes af­ter wide­spread crit­i­cism of a bill drafted by the pre­vi­ous SYRIZA-led coali­tion gov­ern­ment that paved the way for hun­dreds of civil ser­vants fac­ing charges to re­turn to their jobs. In a speech over the week­end, Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras dis­tanced him­self from the pre­vi­ous bill, which was the ini­tia­tive of Gior­gos Ka­trouga­los, the for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tive re­form min­is­ter and the cur­rent la­bor min­is­ter.

The new bill is to stip­u­late that any civil ser­vants who have been in­dicted on a range of of­fenses in­clud­ing fraud and em­bez­zle­ment would be obliged to take forced leave un­til the res­o­lu­tion of their case. In the event that they are ex­on­er­ated, they will be able to re­turn to their jobs.

The of­fi­cials also her­alded the cre­ation of a com­mit­tee, in which Rak­intzis is to par­tic­i­pate, that will re­view the ex­ist­ing dis­ci­plinary leg­is­la­tion.

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