Human smuggler sentenced for perjury

POSTED: 08/11/11 11:51 AM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Louis Saint Marc to 20 weeks imprisonment Wednesday for committing perjury during a witness hearing on June 9. Fourteen weeks of the sentence are suspended.
In April Saint Marc was sentenced to 4 years and 10 months for his involvement in a human smuggling transport on December 5 of last year that cost eight people their lives.
In June he was called as a witness by attorney mr. J.G. Bloem who defends the last suspect in this case, Jean Journel C. Under oath, Saint Marc maintained that the police had never asked him who the people were that had collected the passengers for the fatal trip with the Jesus La. According to the police he had stated that C. was involved in this activity. But in court Saint-Marc denied this, inspiring prosecutor Ridderbeks to ask the court to draw up a perjury report.
The court has put Saint-Marc’s new statement in writing and Judge Mr. M. Keppels asked him if he stood by his words. The witness signed the statement. Its contents have been verified against the statements from the police report, and the conclusion is that the 63-year-old Saint-Marc was lying, probably because he feared repercussions.
The court will handle the trial of suspect Jean Journel C. in September.

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