Bada Bing bribery investigation – Interview with Minister Pantophlet lasts 4 hours

POSTED: 03/25/13 12:54 PM

St. Maarten –Officers of the National Detective Agency interviewed Minister of Economic Affairs Romeo Pantophlet for four hours yesterday afternoon. The minister was heard as a witness in the Bada Bing bribery scandal.

The Public Prosecutor’s office stated in a press release that the minister was interviewed about the permits of Bada Bing and about the possible involvement of independent MP Patrick Illidge in obtaining those permits.

Detectives also heard the former driver of Justice Minister Roland Duncan, Marina Serrant.

Earlier Justice Minister Roland Duncan, United People’s party leader Theo Heyliger and Daily Herald publisher Paul de Windt were interviewed for this investigation that bears the codename Orca.

The prosecutor’s office announced in the press release that during the next couple of days more witnesses will be heard.

The investigation started after the Daily Herald published a video on its website showing how Bada Bing owner Jaap van den Heuvel pays $15,000 to independent MP Patrick Illidge. Van den Heuvel has claimed that this was a repayment for a loan.

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