Decision about prosecution MP Illidge still this year

POSTED: 12/20/13 12:05 PM

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice will issue its decision still this year about the solicitor-general’s request for a court order to prosecute independent MP Patrick Illidge. Yesterday, the court heard the request in chambers. Both parties presented their views on the matter in what solicitor-general Taco Stein described as “a friendly atmosphere.”

Illidge is a suspect in the Bada Bing bribery investigation. In March a video surfaced that showed how Illidge received a large amount of money from Bada Bing owner Jaap van den Heuvel, who is also a suspect in this case.

To prosecute Illidge however, the prosecution needs permission from the Common Court of Justice. The position of parliamentarians and members of the cabinet is regulated in a national ordinance that sets the rules for prosecuting and aims to offer a certain level of protection against politically motivated prosecution.

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