Embezzling former courthouse branch manager has to pay back more than $1 million

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PHILIPSBURG – The suspension and subsequent dismissal of the former branch manager of the courthouse in St. Maarten, Maritsa James-Christina, is justified, the Common Court of Justice said in a ruling dated January 21. James-Christina has to repay more than $1 million – money she embezzled between 2002 and 2017 from the court’s third party account. It More...

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By The Publisher On Sunday, January 12th, 2020

Matser’s conviction for tax fraud stands

PHILIPSBURG – Former Member of Parliament Silvio Matser has found no reprieve at the Supreme Court in The Hague where he contested his 2017 conviction for tax fraud. The Supreme Court judges – Willem van Schendel, More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, January 6th, 2020

Prosecutor’s Office: Vote buying/selling is illegal

PHILIPSBURG — As residents prepare to go out and cast their votes on election day, ‪Thursday, January 9th, 2020‬, the Public Prosecutor’s Office Sint Maarten reminds the public at large about the country’s More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, December 20th, 2019

Insufficient evidence against Robbie dos Santos

PHILIPSBURG/WILLEMSTAD – Lottery king Robbie dos Santos has been released from prison today. This morning the Court of Appeal in Curaçao ruled that the Public Prosecutor’s Office has not provided sufficient More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, December 13th, 2019

Senior Judge H.W. (Rian) Vogels appointed President of the Integrity Chamber of Sint Maarten

THE HAGUE/PHILIPSBURG (13 December 2019) – The Kingdom Council of Ministers today, Friday, approved the appointment of Senior Judge in The Hague Mrs. H.W. (Rian) Vogels as President of the Integrity Chamber of More...

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By The Publisher On Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Community service for violating Zero Tolerance policy

PHILIPSBURG – The election campaigns are in full swing and with this in mind the public prosecutor’s office has issued the rules of engagement under its Zero Tolerance Policy. Identifying fifteen possible violations, More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, November 16th, 2019

Silence results in acquittal for Heyliger

PHILIPSBURG – The Court in first Instance has acquitted suspended Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger of attempts to bribe former parliamentarian Romain Laville for lack of sufficient supporting evidence. This More...

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By The Publisher On Sunday, October 27th, 2019

“Domain Affairs is devoid of long lease policies”

PHILIPSBURG – “I am completely innocent of these trumped-up charges,” National Alliance MP Christophe Emmanuel said in an interview with 721news anchor Gromyko Wilson, shortly after he was released from custody. More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, October 26th, 2019

‘St. Maarten is a free port for counterfeit goods’

PHILIPSBURG — Knockoffs of popular brands, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel, are being sold on the market in Philipsburg, in stores in Backstreet and Frontstreet, and online to customers on the island. More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Prosecution calls for prison time in attempted bribery case (CATFISH)

PHILIPBURG — The preliminary hearing in the CATFISH investigation took place today in court. The Public Prosecution Service is demanding a prison sentence of 12 months of which 6 months’ are conditional More...