Justice Minister Duncan interviewed for hours about the Bada Bing bribery scandal

POSTED: 03/19/13 1:14 AM

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan was interviewed as a witness in the Bada Bing bribery scandal on Friday for more than four-and-a-half hours by the head of the National Detective Agency (Landsrecherche) Ademar Doran, a senior detective and Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos. The director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service IND, Udo Aron, was also interviewed as a witness.

“The focus of the interview was on the video-footage in which both Minister Duncan and Udo Aron were mentioned,” the Prosecutor’s Office stated in a brief press release, adding that “both witnesses were fully cooperative.”

In the coming days the investigation will proceed with the hearing of more witnesses, the prosecutor’s office stated. Documents that were seized during searches at the house of MP Patrick Illidge, at the offices of the IND on Illidge Road, and at the parliament building will also be further scrutinized.

The bribery-scandal broke last week when the Dutch daily the Telegraaf reported about a video recording that shows how independent MP Patrick Illidge collects a $15,000 bribe from Bada Bing-owner Jaap van den Heuvel. The latter said in an interview with this newspaper that the payment concerns an installment for the repayment of a loan.

The Daily Herald possessed a copy of the video footage and placed in on its website after the Telegraaf-story.

 

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