Half a million (Helmin Wiels Assassination)

POSTED: 12/20/13 12:00 PM

The men who conspired to assassinate Pueblo Soberano leader Helmin Wiels received half a million guilders, or close to $280,000 for the job. For minimum wage earners this must sound like a lot of money – and it is – but put into perspective the conclusion must be that life is cheap in Curacao.

The actual shooter received only twenty percent of the money, the rest went to two other suspects – and one of them is already dead. In a way, crime pays, but whether criminals live long enough to enjoy the fruits of their labor remains highly doubtful.

The four suspects that appeared in open court for the first time yesterday operated in the front line. The shooter, the men who provided the weapons and paid the cash, the man who stole the car the killers used.

The brains behind the assassination have not been caught yet, though investigators have said several times that they have a pretty good idea where they have to look to find these people. One must assume that somewhere within the team that investigates the killing, names of these principals have been identified. The hard part is obviously to collect sufficient – legal and convincing – evidence before the principals can be brought to justice. Until that happens, Curacao will not become whole again.

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