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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 enraged Justice Minister Dennis Richardson. “Prove it or shut the hell up,” he said at the time. The parliament was not amused either. Almost More...

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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...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, December 21st, 2021
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TBO-budget almost doubles for next three years

PHIIPSBURG — Politicians with criminal intentions better fasten their seatbelts because outgoing State Secretary Knops has almost doubled the funding for TBO, the Team Bestrijding Ondermijning (the anti-corruption More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, December 14th, 2021
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SIJS & Prosecutor’s Office update Minister Richardson on restorative justice project

PHILIPSBURG – The Stichting Justitiële Inrichtingen St. Maarten (SJIS) and the St. Maarten Prosecutor’s Office (OM SXM) recently updated to Justice Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson about the ongoing More...

By The Publisher On Friday, December 3rd, 2021
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Twelve police officers win victory against ministry

~ Police officers score decisive victory against justice ministry ~ UPDATED version of the previously published article online at: Police officer scores decisive victory against justice ministry PHILIPSBURG — More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
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Police officer scores decisive victory against justice ministry

PHILIPSBURG — A police officer with more than ten years of service to his name scored a decisive victory against the Ministry of Justice after a long battle about his promotion, first to police officer and More...