Judge turns down request to hear Roumou’s victims

POSTED: 07/21/15 6:44 PM

St. Maarten – The Judge of Instruction approved the opening of a preliminary inquiry into the case of blogger Judith Roumou. The judge gave the green light for the inquiry but it turned down the request from attorney Zylena Bary to hear the four citizens who files complaints against Roumou as witnesses. The only witness the attorney will now be able to hear in from of the Judge of Instruction is a detective who is involved in the case.

Prosecutor Karola van Nie said yesterday that hearing this witness is the only matter the preliminary inquiry will deal with.
The Judge of Instruction has not set a date yet for this hearing.

Police arrested Roumou at her home in St. Peters on the morning of Tuesday, June 30 on charges of slander, libel, extortion, stalking and threats. On Friday July 3, the Judge of Instruction ruled the arrest and the confiscation of computers and cameras lawful and extended Roumou’s custody by eight days. However, the court released her last week Monday on the condition that she does not contact her victims and that she cooperates with a psychiatric evaluation by the Mental Health Foundation.

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