Like the official Turkish news agencyAnadoluciting various media sources, the head of the European border protection agency Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri, has resigned. An investigation had previously been launched into the agency’s alleged involvement in illegal pushbacks of migrants across the Aegean Sea. Several well-known European media had previously reported that, according to their own database, Frontex had been involved in illegal returns, despite previous public denials by the agency.
Leggeri submitted his resignation and informed the Frontex board of his decision political, mirror and Lighthouse Reportsconsistently reported. The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is expected to publish its own report on the alleged management failures at the Border Agency soon.
Opposite to Anadolu An EU official, who declined to be named publicly, confirmed Frontex’s involvement in returns, which were illegal under current law. He referred to another OLAF report that had not been published due to the sensitive information it contained. The EU representative also said that Leggeri and other top officials were aware of the illegal pushbacks. However, they tried to cover it up.
A joint investigative report published by the French newspaper on April 28 Le Mondethe mirror, the Swiss media SRF review and republic as well as the Dutch media Lighthouse Reports came to the conclusion that Frontex was involved in 22 deportations between March 2020 and September 2021.
The EU agency noted the incidents in its files. At least 957 asylum seekers were taken out of rubber boats, placed in Greek-made life rafts and left at sea. According to the investigation, the measures were carried out under the title “preventing people from leaving the country” (from Turkey, where the migrants came from).
Since 2015, human rights organizations and various media have consistently criticized allegations of such illegal repatriations and other apparent human rights violations by the Greek authorities. Frontex is accused of complicity in such actions, which would violate both EU and international law.
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