Dutch Minister Plasterk supports Bonaire’s Kingdom Representative Stolte

POSTED: 09/4/13 1:15 PM

THE HAGUE – Kingdom Affairs Minister Ronald Plasterk has no doubts about the integrity of Wilbert Stolte, the Kingdom Representative in Bonaire.

According to a recent publication in NRC Handelsblad the political unrest on the island began after Stolte’s appointment to Kingdom Representative in May 2011. The confidante of Minister Plasterk reportedly only has the support of the UPB-faction. UPB-members Ramonsito Booi and Burney El Hage have been charged with corruption and have to appear in court in November.

Plasterk sent Ronald Bandell, the former mayor of Dordrecht and the chairman of the progress committee for St. Maarten, to Bonaire to investigate the crisis. Plasterk told Members of Parliament during Tuesday’s question hour that Bandell had not advised him to replace Stolte.

The minister said that he is currently discussing the situation with Stolte and that he has not taken any definite decisions yet.

Stolte maintained close ties with Booi and El Hage. Before he became the Kingdom Representative in Bonaire, he was a paid advisor of the UPB-board members that have now been charged with corruption, forgery, fraud and money laundering.

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