Buncamper-trial hits another snagPOSTED: 09/16/15 9:51 PM
St. Maarten – The highly anticipated Buncamper-trial that is scheduled to begin next week Wednesday will most likely hit another snag. There is a dispute about the second summons the prosecution has brought against former Public Health Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus, her husband Claudius and the director of St. Maarten Building Supplies Ivan H.
There is also a controversy about the house search the Detective Collaboration Team RST did in June at the house of the Buncampers. Prosecutor Gonda van der Wulp allegedly took pictures during that raid of witness statements the defense had prepared for the trial and that were lying about on the desk of the former minister or that of her husband. Van der Wulp has been removed from the case, and the prosecution will probably give account for this incident on Wednesday.
A third complicating factor is the temporary reallocation of Judge Maria Paulides to Aruba and Curacao. Judge Peter Lemaire will now handle the case, but it is unlikely that he has had enough time to prepare for the complex trial.
The Buncampers and three others are charged with membership of a criminal organization, fraud, forgery, money laundering and tax evasion.
The trial will now most likely be moved to another date later in the year, or early next year.