Dutch party VVD wants Kingdom Officer for St. Maarten – Dutch MP Bosman calls for St. Maarten’s Minister of Justice’s suspensionPOSTED: 03/26/13 11:30 AM
St. Maarten – VVD Parliamentarian André Bosman keeps hammering St. Maarten over its perceived inability to deal with corruption. In Monday’s Telegraaf he is quoted on the front page as saying that Minister Plasterk ought to appoint a Kingdom officer or commissioner charged with “tackling the widespread corruption, money laundering practices and the trade in drugs and people.”
“In St. Maarten the democracy actually does not function anymore and the increasing corruption and criminality damage the international reputation of our Kingdom,” Bosman says in the article.
The liberal politician admits that appointing a Kingdom officer is a far-reaching measure. “But it is now or never. It cannot go on this way. We have pampered the former Netherlands Antilles far too long anyway.”
The Telegraaf claims that Bosman has the support of the party leadership on this issue. The MO calls on Kingdom Relation Minister Ronald Plasterk to activate the so-called guarantee function in the Kingdom Charter. This article stipulates that the Kingdom (in fact – the Netherlands) has to intervene when the judicial security or good governance are at risk in the autonomous countries St. Maarten, Aruba or Curacao.
Bosman also says in the article that Justice Minister Roland Duncan ought to be suspended.
The Kingdom officer Bosman has in mind to get the authority to independently prosecute suspects. Currently the prosecution of politicians is subject to approval of requests from the Attorney General by the Common Court of Justice. The officer should get support, if necessary, from the Kingdom detective agency, Bosman said.
The Telegraaf refers again to the bribery scandal involving independent MP Patrick Illidge and “suspicions of corruption against Justice Minister Duncan.”
“The integrity rules for good governance are violated from all sides,” Bosman told the newspaper. “We are obliged to extend a helping hand to this young democracy.”