MP Illidge to court today: Judge to decide his fate

POSTED: 01/23/14 1:03 PM

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed it wants to detain embattled independent Member of Parliament (MP) Patrick Illidge for a further 8 days for more questioning in the ongoing Orca investigation in the so-called Bada Bing affair. MP Illidge will be brought before the court in Philipsburg today where a judge will review if there are enough grounds to detain the MP for longer; if the arrest of the suspect is lawful, in other words.

Illidge currently remains locked up within the national prison system. He stands accused by the prosecution of taking bribes, money laundering, and participation in an organization with criminal intent.

MP Illidge voluntarily turned himself in to authorities, and was detained last Monday by the Landsrecherche for questioning after a video and audio surfaced of what appears to be him taking a large amount of cash from Bada Bing adult club owner Jaap van den Heuvel. The Bada Bing owner has maintained that it was the repayment of a loan Illidge had given to him before.

Contrary to reports in the media, Illidge is to appear before the court today, and not yesterday. The Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed this. He was detained on Monday and yesterday the prosecution decided it needed to detain him for more questioning. The first of his 8 days begins today and a judge is therefore required to review his case.

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