Justice Ministers seek cooperation in field of technical investigation

POSTED: 06/24/13 12:05 PM

ORANJESTAD – The justice ministers of the Kingdom agreed during the Judicial Four Country Consultation in Aruba on Friday to research possibilities for cooperation in the field of technical investigation resources. Sharing knowhow and techniques is important in the fight against modern criminals, but it could also result in lower costs, the minister said.

During the next consultation in December the ministers will report about their research and present a plan of action. The plan will be written by the solicitor-generals of the four countries in cooperation with the detective collaboration Team RST and the national police forces. “Stronger together than everyone for himself,” the Dutch Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten said.

The justice ministers of St. Maarten, Dennis Richardson, Curacao, Nelson Navarro and Aruba, Arthur Dowers attended the consultation together with Opstelten.

The ministers also discussed the Coast Guard. Especially St. Maarten and Curacao want to see changes in the policy of this organization. They would like to see that the Coast Guard safeguards the coast of their islands 24/7 and seven days per week. The problem is that the Coast Guard falls under the authority of Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert,

The four justice ministers will write a judicial action policy plan and present this to the Defense Minister who will attend the consultation in December.

Opstelten said that the ministers furthermore spoke about priorities. The spearheads are combating drugs criminality and human trafficking. “That is happening in the whole region and it is something you are only able to fight together.” The priorities of the individual countries are amongst others burglaries, violent crimes, domestic violence and youth issues.

Dowers said that the ministers also talked about the budget for the Common Court of Justice. The ministers have a joint responsibility for the court’s functioning. “We have discussed the consequences for the individual countries in the Kingdom when the budget is cut,” Minister Dowers said without going into details.


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