Curacao on collision course with the Kingdom

POSTED: 10/13/11 12:34 PM

WILLEMSTAD – The government and the parliament in Curacao are on a collision course with the Kingdom Council of Ministers, after the parliament passed motions to close the chapter about the screening of ministers, to force Central Bank president Emsley tromp to resign, to instruct attorney general dick Piar to start a criminal investigation against Paul Rosenmöller and to urge the government to use all international fora to protect Curacao’s democracy.
Kingdom Relations Minister Piet Hein Donner wants to await a discussion about these decisions in the Kingdom Council of Ministers on Friday, though he was clear about a criminal investigation into Paul Rosenmöller. “If the government acts on that, we will take measures, he said.
Socialist Party MP Ronald van Raak asked Donner for his opinion. “Rosenmöller could end up i9n jail if he returns to the island. I want to ask the minister’s opinion about this and ask if it is not about time to free the people of Curacao from this miserable position.”
The marathon meeting in the parliament in Willemstad made clear that apart from the coalition partners also the opposition FOL supports the move to disregard the Rosenmöller report completely.
Anthony Godett co-signed all motions of the coalition, and he voted in favor of them all.
The first motion states that based on an investigation by the Public Prosecutor’s office Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte, Finance Minister George Jamaloodin and Economic development Minister Abdul Nasser El Hakim will not be the subject if a criminal prosecution. The motion also states that the parliament respects the governor’s conclusion (dated January 12) that Schotte, Jamaloodin and El Hakim are fit to be ministers, and that the chapter of the screening is hereby closed.
The parliament passed the motion considering that the Rosenmöller report does not show respect for the democracy in Curacao and that Rosenmöller committed several criminal acts in the course of his investigation. The motion also points out that Home Affairs Minister Donner in a letter dated January 12 has concluded that the screening-chapter is closed and that the Netherlands has allowed a commissioner in Bonaire to be sworn in who is a suspect in the Fiji and Zambezi criminal investigations.
The second motion states that the Rosenmöller Committee lacked a legal basis to do its investigation, that the report is illegal and that it could be considered as an attempt at a coup. The motion also states that the Rosenmöller committee is illegal and that the actions of the committee, the Dutch government and the Dutch parliament are a threat to the constitutional state and the democracy in Curacao.
The motion further states that all international for a must be used to protect the democracy in Curacao and to prevent that the Netherlands becomes a future threat to that democracy.
The third motion states, again, that the Rosenmöller report is an attack on the local democracy and that it is under no condition acceptable that the Netherlands uses article 43 paragraph 2 of the Kingdom charter to intervene in the domestic affairs of Curacao. The motion notes that the island is not ungovernable, that all means must be used to defend the country’s democracy and that international advisor Carlyle Corbin must be asked to assist the parliament to formulate a strategy for the moment it will bring the situation to the international level.
The fourth motion supports the government’s decision to instruct the attorney general to start a criminal investigation against Rosenmöller. The parliament considers that the Justice Minister instructed the attorney general in writing on October 6 to investigate whether Rosenmöller has committed one or more criminal acts by using private and secret information to check possible unusual transactions and failure to pay axes and social premiums.
The fifth motion urges the government to continue on the road of emancipation and strengthening the autonomy.
The sixth motion states that Central Bank president Emsley tromp has to resign voluntarily or face dismissal.
According to the motion Tromp files false accusations against Schotte, Jamaloodin and El Hakim. Schotte filed a complaint against Tromp, but the Public Prosecutor has decided not to prosecute the latter either.
Two motions files by the opposition did not win a majority. One motion suggested that the governor under the responsibility of the Prime Minister establishes a committee of three independent people to investigate the integrity questions that surround several ministers. The second motion asked the government to let the governor appoint a mediator to restore the broken relationship between the government and the Central Bank.

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