Published On: Mon, Feb 25th, 2019

Judge extends pre-trial detention for MP Theo Heyliger

Court house alley scene Thursday afternoon 21 Feb 2019

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The pre-trial detention of Member of Parliament and leader of the United Democrats, Theo Heyliger has been extended to eight days. Mr. Heyliger, who was arrested on Tuesday morning at his home in Guana Bay by members of the TBO, is alleged to have committed several illegal acts including bribery and money laundering.

The decision to extend his detention was taken during a closed door session Thursday afternoon. However, the accused, the Member of Parliament did not attend the closed door hearing.

According to the spokesman of the of the Anti-Corruption Taskforce TBO, Roderick Gouverneur, a decision will be taken by the court on Monday, February 25th, whether or not to prosecute the Mr. Heyliger.

Photo caption: A gathering outside the court house in the alley with among others, President of Parliament Sarah Wescott-Williams and MP Sidarth Bijlani. Photo by Andrew Bishop. More photos can be seen online on our Facebook page here.

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