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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Growing discomfort among seniors

St. Maarten - There is growing discomfort among the ranks of senior citizens over several concerns, among which are quality healthcare affordability and the rising cost of living. So says first vice president of the St. Maarten Senior and Pensione

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Demand on appeal 3 years for money laundering

St. Maarten - Solicitor-General Taco Stein demanded 3 years imprisonment against Fernando Jose Medina Martinez yesterday. In April of last year, the Court in First Instance sentenced Medina Martinez to 26 months imprisonment with 12 months suspended

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MP Patrick Illidge a free man again

St. Maarten – Independent  parliamentarian Patrick Illidge, a suspect in the orca-investigation, was released from custody yesterday. In a brief press statement, the prosecutor’s office stated that it had decided not to ask for Illidge’s pre-t

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Bada Bing owner Van den Heuvel pleased and angry after Illidge’s release “Just like Patrick, I have already been sentenced”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The prosecutor’s office decided yesterday not to ask the Judge of Instruction for the pretrial detention of independent MP Patrick Illidge and to release him from custody. The decision triggered mixed reactions, a

Opinion - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Opinion: Work pressure of judges and public prosecutors

You’d think that when the independent judge issues a ruling the case is closed. Justice has been done – the men and women in black (with a touch of white) have spoken. But there is an increasing level of concern among judges, and also among prose

Editorial - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Editorial: Half the story (Patrick Illidge)

Patrick Illidge is a free man again and his co-suspect in the Orca-investigation – Bada Bing owner Jaap van den Heuvel – was immediately at hand to shine his light on the situation. It seems indeed odd that the two suspects have undergone such

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Man acquitted of improper sexual contacts with girl

St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance acquitted a 43-year-old defendant yesterday of improper sexual contacts with the young daughter of his (now former) girlfriend. The prosecution demanded 12 months imprisonment, with 6 months suspended, 3 year

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Italian justice finds “incriminating link” between Corallo and Schotte

GREAT BAY, ROME, WILLEMSTAD – Justice in Italy confirms that they have found some incriminating documents in Francesco Corallo’s possession, linking the former Prime Minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte to the casino owner. This is according to Ko

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Minister De Weever starts in mini triathlon on Sunday

St. Maarten – Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever will take part in the Sunset mini triathlon on Sunday. The event comprises of a 200-meter swim, an 8 kilometer bike race and a 2 kilometer run, the minister said yesterday. “I will take

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Wescot-Williams about integrity investigations: “Let them get it out of the way”

St. Maarten – The government still disagrees with the way the Kingdom Council of Ministers integrity investigation in St. Maarten, but the threat that civil servants would refuse to cooperate with the Governor’s committee is off the table. Prime

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Four years for attack on Chucky

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced two men yesterday to 4 years imprisonment for their involvement in a stabbing in the Pointe Blanche prison on May 4 of last year that left the victim, Omar Smith Nelson, better known under his nic

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Committee presents financial report: Costs royal visit stayed well below budget

St. Maarten – The first visit by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to St. Maarten  - in November of last year – has cost the state 336,600 guilders – well below the budgeted 473,000 guilders the government had put at the disposal of the

Opinion - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Opinion: The nature of the game

If we made newspapers the way politicians ply their trade when there are elections on the horizon, the island would be on fire 24/7. We would probably also spend more time in court than behind our laptops. The rumblings this time started in – or

Editorial - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Editorial: Integrity

The integrity waters seem to be a lot less troubled these days than they were just after the Kingdom Council of Ministers issued its decree in September of last year. The government still does not agree with the way it all went down, but now the mess