Blogger to court in October

POSTED: 09/30/15 6:59 PM

Court suspends pre-trial detention again

St. Maarten – Blogger Judith Roumou remains out of jail until a court appearance on October 21 when she stands trial for insulting attorney Geert Hatzmann and a police officer. Chances that she will have to serve time for these charges are minimal.

Police arrested Roumou on June 30 on charges of defamation, slander, insult, threats, extortion and stalking. On July 6 the Judge of Instruction suspended het pre-trial detention under certain conditions. She was not allowed to contact her victims who had filed complaints against her and she was not allowed to commit new crimes. She also had to follow instructions from the probation office and cooperate with a psychological and psychiatric evaluation.

Later Roumou attempted to get away from the last condition via a court procedure, but this failed.

On Monday morning, Roumou was arrested at 8.35 a.m. for the insults against Hatzmann and the policeman. The arrest ended the suspension of her pre-trial detention, but yesterday morning the Judge of Instruction suspended her detention again at the request of the prosecutor’s office.

The prosecution also dropped two conditions. Roumou does not have to follow instructions from the probation office anymore and she does not have to cooperate with a psychological and psychiatric evaluation anymore either.

“I have to do some thinking about these changes in the conditions,” Roumou’s attorney Cor Merx said yesterday. “I wanted to keep the atmosphere good,” he added. “My client was very upset on Monday, but today she was quite agreeable and she also had questions.”

The prosecutor’s office said in a press release that Roumou is still not allowed to contact the people who pressed charges against her, that she needs to be available for police and justice and that she cannot commit new crimes.

Roumou will appear in court on October 21 for the most recent insults. The investigation into the other charges has not been completed yet, the prosecutor’s office said.

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