PM Wescot-Williams: “I think we have that authority” – Civil servants could get order not to talk to investigators

POSTED: 10/3/13 12:08 PM
Prime Ministers Sarah Wescot-Williams and Mark Rutte are all smiles in this July file picture, but in the meantime the mood has changed dramatically. Photo today / Milton Pieters

Prime Ministers Sarah Wescot-Williams and Mark Rutte are all smiles in this July file picture, but in the meantime the mood has changed dramatically. Photo today / Milton Pieters

St. Maarten – If the Dutch don’t come with “a very good story” the Government of St. Maarten will refuse all cooperation with the integrity investigation Governor Holiday has been ordered to have carried out, lock all the doors and forbid its civil servants to speak with investigators, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s press briefing in answer to questions from this newspaper.

This newspaper also asked whether such refusal would not violate the governor’s right to ask information from the government. This right is established in the standing orders for the office of the governor. “It would be quite arrogant for me to say: and then what, if such a situation occurs,” Wescot-Williams said. “I would hate to put our governor in such a position, but if such a situation presents itself, unless they come with a very good story, that will be our reaction.”

Asked whether this means that the government would literally close all doors and that nobody would talk, Wescot-Williams said: “Yeah. But do we really want to get to that point? That is my question.”

Asked further whether the Prime Minister is of the opinion that the government has the authority to order its civil servants not to talk to investigators, the answer was: “Yeah, I think we have that authority.”

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  1. Duncan S says:

    the beginning of the end of Westcot.