Dutch Kingdom-countries join forces to fight crime

POSTED: 01/22/15 11:00 PM

THE HAGUE – The judicial cooperation between the Netherlands, Aruba, Sint Maarten and Curacao gets a more structural character, Pieter Hofmann reports on Caribisch Netwerk. This is the conclusion of the Judicial Four-Country Consultation according to the Justice Ministers Ivo Opstelten (Netherlands), Arthur Dowers (Aruba), Dennis Richardson (St. Maarten) and Nelson Navarro (Curacao).

Navarro: “Up to now we have incidentally asked for assistance and it is about time that we embed that assistance structurally, with attention for the specific problems in each country. In Curacao, we have to prevent that things are getting further out of control.”

The countries have acknowledged each other’s specific problems, says Opstelten. Based on this information the countries are now devising a standard procedure for cooperation in the field of upholding the law.

Curacao needs help with forensic investigations and it needs financial detectives. St. Maarten is hoping for cooperation in the fight against organized crime and with staff training for police officers and prison guards.

Opstelten emphasizes that the plan had to be worked out first. “It is not one party that offers everything. It is a plan from the four of us and every country is responsible.” The Netherlands will no longer take on a leading role.”

The ministers want to have a draft plan with proposals for cooperation ready by March 1. During the next four-country consultation – on June 10 in St. Maarten, the plan will become final.

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