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150 years after emancipation Lake Jr.: The drive for independence and emancipation are one and the same

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – “We cannot really celebrate the abolition of slavery without political independence,” said author and veteran journalist Jose Lake Jr. in a discussion on the upcoming 150th anniversary of emancipation on St. Maar

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Forty percent of 2012 criminal investigations still pending

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office recorded 592 criminal cases in 2012, of which 393 were handled. The remaining 239 cases are “work in stock” – investigations that still have to be completed - and represent 40 percent of the tota

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Curacao-report Transparency International: “General lack of trust in key institutions”

BERLIN/WILEMSTAD – There is a general lack of trust in Curacao’s key institutions, the anti-corruption group Transparency International said in a report published today. This is a major obstacle for strengthening the foundations of this new count

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Police frequently use structural observation

St. Maarten – Since the BOB-law on special investigation competencies went into effect on August 31, 2012 police frequently use the now legal method of structural observation. During the last four months of 2012, investigators received 18 times per

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St. Maarten’s Prosecutor’s office eyed new electronic supervision system

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office contacted in 2012 a company that is specialized in locating people via a global positioning system and set up a presentation for Justice Minister Duncan. The system is one of the alternatives to battle

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Arrindell receives copy of General Audit Chamber Annual Report

St. Maarten – President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell received a visit from the Chairman of the General Audit Chamber (GAC) Ronald C. Halman, MBA and Secretary General Joan Dovale-Meit, MA yesterday with respect to the third Annual Report of the

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Hundreds of people attended free HIV testing day

St. Maarten – 161 people got free tested for HIV at the annual Caribbean Regional HIV Testing Day, hosted by the Aids Foundation and Scotiabank. In total 82 women, 79 men; whereof 3 people were found to require further testing. St. Maarten was o

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Lack of financial expertise hampered fraud investigations

St. Maarten – The police force did not have enough detectives to investigate money laundering criminality in 2012 and country St. Maarten was therefore unable to meet the demands in this field from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force CFATF, t

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Local St. Maarten DNA-databank fills up

St. Maarten – Of all Caribbean countries in the Kingdom, St. Maarten has the highest number of DNA-profiles in its databank. This appears from the 2012 annual report of the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The number of stored profiles increased in 20

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Wiclu wants MPs to discuss counterpart agreement

St. Maarten -Now that the dust has settled on the political upheaval on St. Maarten, trade unions want Parliament to take its responsibility seriously to introduce, enact and amend some legislation in consultation with unions. Windward Islands Chambe