Government ready to pay former PSS-director

POSTED: 07/11/14 12:47 AM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams confirmed yesterday that the Council of Ministers has decided to pay former Postal Services managing director Denicio Richardson what is due to him based on a court ruling from June 17. The ruling awards Richardson approximately 430,000 guilders ($240,000) in unpaid salaries and costs.

On Tuesday, Wescot-Williams said in a press release that she had advised the Council of Ministers to pay Richardson without giving any further explanation.

Asked when Richardson could pick up his check, the PM said “that arrangements are being made. It is not the intention of the government to let this drag on.”

The government remains concerned however about the fact that the court holds both PSS and the government equally liable for what is due to Richardson. On this point, the government seeks a ruling from the Common Court of Justice on appeal.

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  1. Wim van Sambeek says:

    Dear editor, I do not understand the concerns of government about joint liability at this moment.

    If I understand the verdict correctly, Mr. Richardson on several grounds argued why not only PSS should be held liable but the shareholder (government) as well.

    For some reasons unknown to me, the attorneys of the shareholder and PSS did not challenge those grounds at all. Since the Court cannot to do the work those attorneys should have done (challenging the statements of Mr. Richardson), as a consequence, the Court could only rule that both parties were liable.

    Nr. 4.20 of the ruling reads in Dutch: “Tegen de aan de hoofdelijkheid van de gevorderde veroordelingen gelegde grondslagen is geen enkel verweer gevoerd, zodat het Gerecht het Postbedrijf en het Land Sint Maarten hoofdelijk zal veroordelen nu deze hoofdelijkheid het Gerecht niet onrechtmatig dan wel ongegrond voorkomt”

    I hope this unfortunate matter could further be settled out of court.