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Dutch intervention in Aruba with RST and National Detective Agency raises eyebrows

PHILIPSBURG – Alarm bells ought to go off in the Council of Ministers after learning of the Dutch demand that Aruba gives the RST (Detective Cooperation Team) and the National Detective Agency the authority to operate independently of the police force. What happens in Aruba does not necessarily stay there. The Dutch demand is a condition for granting More...

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By The Publisher On Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
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Court orders Schotte to repay Curacao

WILLEMSTAD – Former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte has to pay 1,844,190 guilders ($1,030,274) to the government of Curacao, the Common Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday. The ruling confirms a decision by the Court More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
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Attorneys threaten Minister Richardson with new lawsuit over prison conditions

PHILIPSBURG — The attorneys representing thirty inmates of the Pointe Blanche prison have put the feet of Justice Minister Anna Richardson to the fire with a demand to improve the conditions in the detention More...

By The Publisher On Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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Law and order in prison is hard to find

PHILIPSBURG - Internet access, an active Facebook page with nearly two thousand friends, mostly living in St. Maarten, the ability to make or smuggle weapons, and to threaten others physically or virtually: this More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, June 21st, 2020
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Minister of Justice reacts to Court ruling and Van Dam motion

PHILIPSBURG — On Friday, June 19, 2020, the Court of First Instance returned with a decision after reviewing a petition filed by 37 inmates and their attorneys against the Government of St. Maarten and the More...

By The Publisher On Friday, June 19th, 2020
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Court denies demand for transfer of inmates to the Netherlands

PHILIPSBURG – The Court in First Instance has declared inadmissible the demand by a group of Pointe Blanche inmates that the country transfers them to safer prisons, either in the Netherlands or Bonaire. The More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
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Prosecution settles with accountants in card-swipe fraud

WILLEMSTAD – KPMG Meijburg & Co Caribbean has accepted a settlement of 140,000 guilders ($78,212) from the Public Prosecutor’s Office to prevent criminal prosecution. A manager of the company pays 65,000 More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, May 16th, 2020
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Lower prison sentence for Theo Heyliger due to violation of standards

PHILIPSBURG — The judge acknowledges that former Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger has been brutally treated by holding him first in a filthy Philipsburg police cell and then in Bonaire, violating his right More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, May 16th, 2020
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Judgements in LARIMAR case

WILLEMSTAD/PHILIPSBURG — In the so-called Larimar case, the St. Maarten Court of First Instance sentenced politician T.H. to a 60-month prison sentence for accepting nearly $4 million in bribes and money More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, May 16th, 2020
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Stand by your man

By Hilbert Haar The verdict is in and former parliamentarian Theo Heyliger is facing a 5-year prison sentence for accepting bribes and for money laundering. It is a given that Heyliger will appeal the verdict; More...