Bada Bing sues the Telegraaf over bribery-story MP Illidge accepted $15,000 with $30,000 still to follow

POSTED: 03/10/13 4:42 PM

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “Fuck him. We control the government. I just told him to sign.” This is a verbatim quote from the Bada Bing tape; its author is independent MP Patrick Illidge and the statement refers to Vice Prime Minister William Marlin, thought it remains unclear what exactly Marlin had to sign.
The video of his meeting with Bada Bing owner Jaap van den Heuvel went viral yesterday after The Daily Herald published the recording on its website and it also became available on Youtube.
Solicitor-General Taco Stein, the spokesman for the Landsrecherche, told this newspaper yesterday afternoon that he has seen the video. He declined to comment, other than saying that the prosecutor’s office is contemplating its course of action.
Van den Heuvel met with his attorney Cor Merx yesterday morning, thereby deflating a statement by a Bada Bing-associate to this newspaper that he was off island. “People give each other money,” Merx told this newspaper. “At this moment I do not have the impression that we have to be concerned about anything. We will wait and see.”
Whether Van den Heuvel paid a bribe to Illidge remains to be seen, the attorney said: “If my client says that he has nothing to do with all this then I have to stand behind him. I am his attorney. There is freedom of negotiation. Maybe this was a loan.”

Attorney Merx said that he is preparing a defamation lawsuit against the Dutch daily newspaper de Telegraaf that broke the story on Thursday. The court case will most likely take place next week. Merx could not say whether this will happen in St. Maarten or in the Netherlands.
The tape was made on September 30 of last year in Van den Heuvel’s office. At around a quarter past five in the afternoon Patrick Illidge enters the office, dressed in a tee short, flip flops and white shorts.
It becomes immediately clear that the story the Telegraaf published on Thursday is based on hearsay and not on the actual recording. While the Dutch daily suggested that Illidge “explicitly acts on behalf of (Justice Minister) Duncan” this cannot be deduced from the footage.
However, that there is a link between Illidge, Duncan and Van den Heuvel is apparent from the video. Right at the beginning of the 7 minutes and 37 second long recording, Illidge says that the minister wanted to meet with Van den Heuvel, adding “but it’s tight” and saying that van den Heuvel was off island – something the Bada Bing-boss denies.
Then the two men move on to business and Van den Heuvel asks: “What do we need now?”
Illidge starts with this remark: “The license from Duncan, do you have that?”
It is unclear which license this refers to, but it is clear that the discussion is about a license. While the Telegraaf wrote that Van den Heuvel wants to open a brothel called Neverland and that the license is for that venture, it does not appear from the recording.
Van den Heuvel does ask for a direct favor from Minister Duncan though. “Can he please put in that the closing time is 5 a.m.? I had that in Maho (an earlier business location – ed.), but it has never been transferred. I mean, they are not able to do anything, but they get annoying sometimes.”
The statements Van den Heuvel then makes cast doubts over the possibility that the money that is about to change hands is for a loan. First he says: “At this moment I only have fifteen,” adding that he is almost there: only 30 left.”
That the Bada Bing-boss is talking about $15,000 and $30,000 – and not about Bada Bing-dollars as he suggested in an initial reaction to the Telegraaf – becomes apparent from this remark: “I can’t take too much out of the business. If I take too much out of the business it will attract attention of course. I have added my own salary for September and October. I want to be done with this as soon as possible too, Patrick.”

The video shows how Van den Heuvel walks from his desk to a wall safe before taking three stacks of money from a drawer in his desk. He puts it in front of Illidge who squirrels it away.
Then, for some reason, the conversation turns to vice Prime Minister William Marlin. Van den Heuvel makes a vague reference and then says: “That is why I came to you with it,” suggesting that the initiative for the exchange came from him.
Illidge almost shrugs it off, saying that there was “a big standoff” before adding “We need to move on with the government administration building.” Then he makes his “we control the government”-statement.
“That man does not like white people,” Van den Heuvel offers. “I stay as much as possible out of his way I know that he does not like me at all, but I am always very nice towards him. Hello Mr. Marlin, how are you? I know that he has his birthday on October, he told me that.”
After this interlude the conversation goes back to business, whereby Illidge informs the other man that “he appointed a lady to work along with me on this one” – an apparent reference to an action by Justice Minister Duncan.

Illidge is not done yet: he brings up his plans for a sewing center he wants to set up for the production of school uniforms. That leads to the following rant by Van den Heuvel: “Om wat the naaien?” he says laughing in Dutch, making fun of the double meaning of the Dutch word for sewing and having sex. Then his fatherly concerns surface: “One hundred percent cotton please. Kids here don’t wear that, and they all get rashes. One hundred percent cotton it has to be. The schools all have nylon shit, those trousers as well – ridiculous. You know what I also find ridiculous? That the students at Milton Peters College have to wear black shoes. Act normally man that is even warmer. You do that in Siberia when it is cold.”

Then the meeting is almost over. Illidge stuffs the money in his shorts and Van den Heuvel invites him for a drink. “Let’s hope that nobody is going to rob you,” he quips.
Van den Heuvel should know: on March 7, 2011, his Romanian bookkeeper Sonia Lupu together with Jimmy Ramsahai and Kenny Douglas robbed Bada Bing of the proceeds of the Heineken Regatta – around $16,000. The robbers have been sentenced, but money has never been retrieved. Yet there seems enough left for new ventures.

Below is the video in question:

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  1. Michael says:

    Is this yet another criminal investigation into public officials that gets stuck in the mud?

    We want to know about the other people mentioned in there like Thewet, Aron, Frederick. Why is Illidge and Duncan not locked up while this investigation takes place?

    Why dont we still have an outcome into the investigation into Theo for vote buying?

    Hopefully Merx will stir things up with the court case and Dutch papers will dig even deeper.

    Keep up the good work Mr. Haar. I think your series on Duncan’s nefarious business activities helped to push him out.