Gebe-Maduro ruling postponed

POSTED: 07/10/15 8:02 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance has postponed the ruling in the summary proceedings of utilities company Gebe against its suspended Chief Operating Officer Rennie Maduro until a later date. The ruling was scheduled for this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the court hearing on June 25.

At stake in this lawsuit is the validity of Maduro’s appointment to his position for the next two year. The Gumbs-cabinet wants to keep Maduro, but the supervisory board does not want to make the contract, based on suspicions of wrongdoing.

One of the issues concerns a contract with Sint Maarten Service Provider, a company of former journalist Alfred Harley. According to statements made by the supervisory board, Harley overbilled Gebe over a period of four months for 1,680 hours about the limit of his contract, and Maduro allowed it. The board also charges that Maduro was not entitled to enter into the contract with Harley, because its potential value exceeds his authority.

Harley has denied the allegations and claims, contrary to what the supervisory board says, that some of his invoices have not been paid yet. In TV-interview with Oral Gibbes he said last Sunday that five people were working for his company.

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