Duncan has lots of work for SteinPOSTED: 01/31/12 12:57 PM
St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan will expect the country’s first Solicitor General Taco Stein to hit the ground running when he starts his new job here on April 1. The appointment is the result of negotiations during the constitutional change process and the completion of an 18 month selection process that concluded with the appointment being approved in the Kingdom Council of Ministers on February 27.
“We’ve been working on this for a while and the importance is that supervision is now brought closer. He will become my right hand and I have a lot of work for him as my liaison on setting policy. I am happy Taco Stein has been chosen and I will expect him to hit the ground running,” Duncan said.
Later he’d add, “I have weighed the good and bad of his record and the scales weigh in his favor overall. Having Taco Stein is better than having a green person that does not know St. Maarten.”
Duncan has already decided he wants Stein to chair the committee on money laundering and terrorism that Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams announced on January 11, spearhead the ministry’s efforts on preventing crime, supervising the work of the public prosecutor and handling appeal cases in the criminal court and directly supervise the use of powers that will be given to the police and prosecutor under the law on special investigative powers (Bob).