Green light from attorney general for Buncamper-Molanus probe

POSTED: 01/20/12 12:56 PM

St. Maarten – An investigation into possible criminal activities by former Public Health Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus and her husband Claudius is still not off the table. Chief Prosecutor mr. Hans Mos told this newspaper yesterday that his office has the green light from Attorney General Dick Piar and that the only hang-up is a lack of investigative capacity at the National Detective Agency – the Landsrecherche.

In April 2008 Buncamper-Molanus obtained a piece of land on Pond Island in long lease from the island-government in which she herself was a commissioner at the time. Eight months later the commissioner and her husband Claudius sold the economic rights to the land for $3 million to Eco-Green, a company that was established three days before the transfer, with a former employee of Public Works, Theo Walters, as director. The annual lease fee for the land is just $10,000.
After this newspaper revealed the deal in December 2010, Buncamper-Molanus stepped down as Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor under pressure from her party and coalition-partner UP.

In November of last year, attorney Frank Kunneman visited the prosecutor’s office on behalf of Buncamper-Molanus to inquire about the status of a possible criminal investigation. In December, prosecutor mr. Bart den Hartigh told this paper that Kunneman had left on the understanding that a decision would be taken this month.
But Mos made clear yesterday that capacity-issues still rule: “No money, no Swiss.”

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