Fabrice Leggeri, the head of the European Union’s border agency Frontex, has volunteered to quit, according to a source, following allegations that the body mistreated migrants at the bloc’s external borders.

Pior Switalski, a spokesman for Frontex, declined to comment while the agency’s management board met in Warsaw. Leggeri, who was present during the meeting, could not be reached for comment right away.

Last year, the EU’s anti-fraud agency, OLAF, opened an inquiry into charges that Frontex, the agency in charge of handling migration across the bloc’s external borders, had violated human rights. The report of the OLAF has not been made public.

The summary of the investigation “reveals that Frontex’s management was aware of human rights crimes and purposefully avoided reporting them,” stated Erik Marquardt, a German legislator with the Greens’ fraction in the European Parliament, on March 2.


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