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Concerns about UNOPS-involvement in construction of new prison

PHILIPSBURG — The Progress Committee is concerned about the participation of UNOPS, the United Nations Office for Project Services, in the construction of a new prison. This appears from the 43rd progress-report that covers the fourth quarter on 2021. “St. Maarten is already two years talking with UNOPS about their role in the execution of More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, May 31st, 2022
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Appeals Court acquits Buncamper of tax fraud

PHILIPSBURG — The Court of Appeals acquitted suspended Member of Parliament Claudius Buncamper in a ruling dated May 30 of tax fraud related to the Eco Green case. His wife, former Minister of Public health More...

By The Publisher On Monday, May 30th, 2022
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Court rulings put immigration-policy under pressure

PHILIPSBURG -- The Ministry of Justice suffered two defeats in the Court in First Instance at the hands of attorney Edwin Maduro, who represented two plaintiffs from the Dominican Republic. The court rulings have More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
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OM confiscates some US$359,513 over four years; to focus on collecting more criminal funds

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (23 May 2022) – Fighting and preventing further crimes in the community are not only dependent on putting (suspected) criminals behind bars; it is also essential to cut off the ill-acquired More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, May 19th, 2022
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The Hague is concerned about undermining criminality; St. Maarten isn’t

  PHILIPSBURG — “There are many indications that the underworld and legitimate society in St. Maarten are structurally intertwined.” On September 11, 2015, this statement by Attorney-General Guus Schram More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, April 7th, 2022
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Court orders conditional release of Amy Velasquez-killer Ashton Lake

  PHILIPSBURG — After more than 38 years of imprisonment, Ashton Lake will become a free man again on July 1. On May 9, 1984, the Court in First Instance sentenced Lake, who turned 59 on January 18, to life More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, March 10th, 2022
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Appeals court confirms life sentence for serial killer Kathron Fortune

PHILIPSBURG — Serial killer Kathron Fortune won’t see the outside of a prison for a very long time (and most likely never), after the Common Court of Justice sentence the 45-year old on appeal to a life More...

By The Publisher On Friday, February 25th, 2022
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Pels Rijcken analysis: granting long lease has to be in accordance with Didam-arrest

PHILIPSBURG — The government can no longer sell immovable assets exclusively to one party without making the intention to do so public beforehand. The office of the Dutch Country Attorney Pels Rijcken arrives More...

By The Publisher On Monday, February 21st, 2022
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Court postpones decision about Ashton Lake’s release

PHILIPSBURG — The Common Court of Justice wants to hear two members of the Velasquez-family before it takes a decision about Ashton Lake’s request for early release. Lake is currently serving a life sentence More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, December 21st, 2021
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Justice chain function books create financial headache, or unrest within the police force

PHILIPSBURG — “My heartfelt congrats to all service members of the justice chain with the approval of the function books.” That text, accompanied by a picture of a smiling Minister of Justice Anna Richardson More...