Piar, Schotte discuss corruption allegations

POSTED: 05/27/11 1:45 PM

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – Attorney-General (PG) Dick Piar met Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte Thursday morning to discuss allegations of corruption leveled at cabinet ministers by Director of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Emsley Tromp. Piar would not comment on the content of the conversation but he confirmed that a complaint has been filed.
Piar has also requested that both the media and politicians allow the investigation to proceed because the allegations “are a serious matter.”
Leak
Tromp’s accusations followed the leaking of an unsecured loan of three million guilders that Tromp took at Banco di Caribe (BDC). The bank’s director Simon Fons cannot explain how information about a private loan was leaked to the media.
“We do not make statements about our clients, but there are several ways that this could have leaked out,” Fons admitted.
The documents show that 400, 000 guilders and 100, 000 guilders were transferred from the Curacao Fashion Group accounts to ET Pensionen and Yanet Castro. The government has sought further insight into the accounts, but the bank was not allowing them access.
Legal attack
Former Member of the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles and Island Council of Curacao Gregory Damoen has frowned on the whole process of the leak and the fallout. The former Director of the Directorate of Finance for the Netherlands Antilles has also said he’s curious on whether the Schotte cabinet knows what it is doing.
“This is an attack on our laws and most worrying is that it is being done by our own government. How is it possible that the government can publish private information of citizens. Bank details are leaked to the press and information will be brought out by the government. I am very concerned about the state of affairs. Especially now that the government indicates that it is looking for more information,” Damoen said.
The former MP is particularly concerned that the government’s attempts to get Tromp’s private information and then publish it will create a bad precedent that leaves investors to wonder whether their bank information will be safeguarded.

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