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St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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Two violent criminals sent to jail for life

Richards and Roberts guilty of Regatta-killings, rape, robbery and ill-treatment St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The atmosphere in the downstairs courtroom at the courthouse in Philipsburg was heavy on Wednesday morning when Judge mr. M. Keppels

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St. Maarten wants no discussion about country status until 2015

THE HAGUE / By Donellis Browne - The year 2015 is the earliest date that St. Maarten sees for a discussion on whether or not it has a need for a new constitutional structure. This is when the first evaluation of the current status - autonomous countr

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Brothel-owner re-arrested after appeals court ruling

St. Maarten – On Wednesday evening around eight o’clock Border Bar-owner Ignacio Augustine P. was back in jail after police re-arrested him. The Court in First Instance suspended the 64-year-old brothel-owner’s detention last week Wednesday (un

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Cab driver walks free, but son faces manslaughter charges

On trial for massive fight in Middle Region St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance threw out charges on Wednesday against 51-year- old cab driver Pedro Eusebio “Frankie” van H. based on a technicality, but his son Love Lee (18) will have

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Kingdom Charter will anchor country’s right to independence

THE HAGUE – Participants at Wednesday’s Kingdom Conference in the Hague reached several agreements after initial hassles over the agenda. St. Maarten and Curacao will get the right under the Kingdom Charter to opt for independence, while several

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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Assessment of life sentences after twenty years under new legislation

St. Maarten – How long does life imprisonment last? That differs per country. Sherwan Roberts and Curtley Allison Richards, the two Regatta-killers who were sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday won’t be free for a very, very long time, if

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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First Kingdom Conference ends with strong commitment to cooperate

THE HAGUE / By Donellis Browne - Delegations from Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and the Netherlands have used the first Kingdom Conference to express their joint and individual commitment to giving concrete meaning to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Th

Editorial - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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Editorial: Life sentence

It is rare that our court pronounces a life sentence but on Wednesday Judge. mr. M. Keppels sent two suspects to jail for life. One of the convicts is just 20 years old – and his life is already over. When his sentence comes up for review for the f

Opinion - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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Opinion: The limited vision of the news gurus (5)

By Dean Starkman There are plenty of stories about the future of journalism but the extensive opinion Dean Starkman published in the Colombia Journalism Review stands out from the crowd. Starkman fueled the discussion about journalism in previous ar

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Suspended sentence and community service for teen rapists

St. Maarten – Two boys who raped a fifteen-year old girl in Dutch Quarter on April 12 were sentenced to 200 hours of community service and a 1-year suspended prison sentence on Wednesday. The unconditional part of the sentence consisted of the days

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Bada Bing robbery trial brings light moments in courtroom

St. Maarten – The Heineken Regatta attracted a lot of bad energy this year. Apart from the so-called regatta-killings that resulted in two life sentences, there was also an armed robbery on a money transport of the adult entertainment club Bada Bin