The current head of Germany's Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA) Ulrich Kersten has been sent into early retirement. German Interior Minister Otto Schilly said on Thursday that the 62-year-old Kersten was due for retirement in 2006 anyway and would not have fitted into the organizations' restructuring plans. However, the BKA has been beset by a leadership crisis ever since Schily announced he wanted to move the agency from its offices in Wiesbaden and Bonn to a centralized Berlin headquarters. Kersten was held responsible by the angry BKA employees for the planned move, but Schilly denied claims that he was being used as a scapegoat. The former chief of police in the state of Schleswig-Holstein Jörg Zierke is expected to take over for Kersten.