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Kompass Klub have four months to close because of drugs
Ghent The popular Kompass Klub must be 4 months to close, and that, with immediate effect. That has mayor Mathias De Clercq decided. There were too many findings of drugsfeiten not to intervene. Earlier this year died even an employee after the intake of drugs. There is a waterkans the club after two months can reopen.

“After review of the entire file, I decided to in respect of Kompass Klub a mandatory and complete closure of 4 months as an administrative measure to impose”, late mayor Mathias De Clercq know in an announcement. “This measure comes on the basis of serious indications that in Kompass Klub repeated illegal drug-related activities to occur, making the public peace and safety is compromised. This temporary closure should Kompass Klub allow her organization to strengthen and professionalise, so that the hair place in Ghent nightlife can continue to perpetuate. After 2 months there is the possibility for Kompass Klub to by way of a note to show what initiatives were undertaken in a responsible and acceptable way to continue to operate, then the situation can be evaluated and the measure can be reconsidered.”

The mandatory closure was just at the Compass Club, close to the Ghelamco Arena, is served. Even though the club was last year voted the best nightclub in the country, seized something, the survey showed. That review was in January started, after an employee died there. That appeared to be a medical history, but also a very high dose of MDMA durgs so – in his blood.

It is the first time that De Clercq's a club to close, but his predecessor, mayor Daniel Termont, did him already. Termont came in 2017 to an agreement with the police and the public prosecutor's office, that the mayor of drug-related files from hotels and restaurants to browse. So don't need the whole court procedure awaited to be until there is a judgment coming. The mayor may, after perusal of the case file and on the advice of the police and the public prosecutor, an administrative measure taking and a club, or bar close. And that's now happened. Kompass Klub has the opportunity in writing to defend himself, but that proved not to be enough.

Termont applied this procedure also to Decadance to conclude in the autumn of 2017. But Decadance attracted to the Council of State and got it right. The club was allowed to open again, thick against the sentence of the former mayor.

From Kompass Klub respond, she groaned. “Of course, we get to the Council of State”, says Jens Grieten. “We ask, whence this measure comes. We have always worked very closely with the police and the city of Ghent, and received in december is still a positive evaluation. We have explicitly asked if we were allowed to search on drugs, or speekseltests should decrease. But legally, it should not be. We collide so on the limits of the law, and are to be punished. This measure is completely out of proportion, and incomprehensible for a young, liberal mayor. He must realize that there are in Ghent, just a general drug problem is not only with us. The Klub will be closing there is nothing to change. 18 of the 23 dealers last year in and around the club are caught, are by us apprehended, not by the police. You still can't say that we have drugs to tolerate?”

Kopass Klub are now looking to the full development of Kompass Klub – and that is not a little – to move to a different location. Technokoningin Amelie Lens is booked on 15 march, 16 march there was 5 Years Trills w TroyBoi & Jarreau Vandal, and on march 22 there would be a four hour set from Stephan Bodzin & Dense & Pika. “We want to be tentative, nothing to cancel, and hope to be able to in other clubs in other cities. And maybe that's what we in the future need to do, the Gent left. We have two years fighting to all the great artists who never in Ghent wanted to here to get. And this is our thanks. What does Ghent really, culturally? If you have no night life wants, you should simply say, and do not walk proclaim that you undertake in Ghent promotes, and then suddenly a case to close.”

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