New guideline in the making against use of forged passports

POSTED: 02/14/13 12:38 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance yesterday sentenced two defendants in absentia for carrying false passports. Fernando Campana Jansen, 53, was found in the possession of eight travel documents on August 9 of last year when he wanted to leave the island: five passports from the Dominican Republic, one Dutch passport and two St. Maarten ID-cards. Two passports turned out to be forgeries.

Prosecutor Tineke Kamps said that the Prosecutor’s Office is currently working on a new guideline for this type of crimes. She demanded 2 months of imprisonment. Judge Tamara Tijhuis noted that the demand diverges from that in earlier cases, but she also considered the current guideline on the low end. She sentenced Campana Jansen to 1 month imprisonment.

Marie Stafarah Morilus, 21, was caught with a forged Haitian passport. The prosecutor’s office offered her initially a conditional dismissal against the payment of a $300 fine, but when she did not keep her end of the bargain, she was summoned to court. Morilus, who relinquished her forged passport to investigators, did not appear and Prosecutor Kamps demanded a $500 fine. Judge Tijhuis settled for a fine of 500 guilders.

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