Devon Otto back in Pointe Blanche

POSTED: 10/5/11 12:42 PM

St. Maarten – Devon Otto is once again detained at the Pointe Blanche prison. He arrived yesterday from Curacao after detectives in Willemstad completed the investigation into the September 13 shooting incident whereby Otto seriously injured two other inmates at the Sentro di Detenshon i Korekshon di Kòrsou. Otto will have to stand trial for this crime at a later date.
The 29-year-old Otto is already serving 30 years for the March 31, 2008 murder of census office employee Stanley Gumbs in a case of mistaken identity. Last year he was transferred from Pointe Blanche to the prison in Curacao (then optimistically called Bon Futuro) because he had become unmanageable.
A day before Otto made the trip back to St. Maarten, he was the subject of a debate in the Second Chamber in The Hague. Kingdom Relations Minister Piet Hein Donner refused to make a statement about Curacao’s Justice Minister Elmer Wilsoe when Freedom Party MP Eric Lucassen asked him in Parliament this week whether Wilsoe ought to step down over the shooting incident in the SDKK-prison whereby Devon Otto emptied a Smith&Wesson revolver into two other inmates. Rumors are that Otto was paid for the job and that the intention was to kill both inmates.
The Antilliaans Dagblad reported yesterday that Donner did not bite. “”Because the prison is the responsibility of the Justice Minister of the autonomous country Curacao I do not consider it opportune to make statements with regard to the prison. I trust that the Justice Minister in Curacao investigates the incident and that he will take measures to prevent such incidents from happening again in the future.”
Lucassen is not as confident as the Minister, because he wanted to know whether it is true that “due to the deeply rooted corruption in the prison inmates are still guarded by other criminals.”
Donner maintained that Curacao is an autonomous country, that the prison is the Justice Minister’s responsibility and that “therefore it is not up to me to answer such a question.”
Donner added that he is unaware of the fact that Minister Wilsoe had been warned weeks ago about the security situation in the prison.
Lucassen: “Is it the Minister’s opinion that this failing politician has to clear out his desk today and that he has to step down immediately?”
“No,” Donner answered, adding that he distanced himself from Lucassen’s qualification of an autonomous country’s government member.”
After the shooting on September 13, Minister Wilsoe immediately ordered an investigation to find out how the gun had been smuggled into the prison. So far no results have been made public.

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