Bosman, Van Laar concerned over Prosecutor’s Office

POSTED: 01/29/14 11:35 AM

THE HAGUE – Dutch MPs Roelof van Laar (PvdA) and André Bosman (VVD) expressed their grave concerns in the Dutch Second Chamber in The Hague over the overall capacity and effectiveness of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) in Curacao, Aruba, and St. Maarten, correspondents in the Curacao Chronicle reported yesterday. Both MPs have asked parliamentary questions to Ministers Ronald Plasterk (Kingdom Relations) and Ivo Opstelten (Justice).

The two MPs want the Ministers to indicate if the PPO in the Dutch Caribbean is sufficiently able to deal with the current issues facing the islands, such as corruption, money laundering, human trafficking, and drug related crimes. Earlier, both Ministers said that the PPO is capable of handling the situation. “Will there be, due to the low capacity, matters that the investigation team or the PPO cannot handle appropriately? If so, how many cases are we talking about and what type of cases are these?” Van Laar and Bosman wanted to know.

The two MPs also want the Ministers to inform the Dutch Second Chamber about the current state of the covenant on the cooperation detective force for the Kingdom constituent countries of Curaçao, Aruba, and St. Maarten and the Dutch National Police and the arrangement of the Dutch government. “Does offering additional detective capability and capacity to the PPO in Sint Maarten, Curacao, and Aruba take place reactively or also proactively? If not, why not?” Van Laar and Bosman asked.

In Curaçao the civic organization FAS (Fundashon Akshon Sivil) expressed its criticism of the prosecutor’s role recently. According to the FAS, the PPO is too slow in dealing with their complaint against the former Prime Minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte.

The PPO defended itself by arguing that they were waiting for the civil survey on the mismanagement of public companies. There was a raid held at Schotte’s house on December 9 of last year, but according to the civil organization, this had nothing to do with them.

 

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