Reader’s Letter: Judgment versus vindication

POSTED: 01/2/13 12:33 PM

Dear Editor,

We tend to react quickly at times and cast judgment sometimes to our own detriment where we end up eating back our own vomit. As of late everyone is quiet and skating on thin ice after the former minister of finance was arrested. Here is an example of us being judgmental and not allowing nature/justice to run its course.

I am yet to understand how someone is arrested and detained on suspicion of fraud, money laundering and embezzlement. This means there’s no clear cut case and the police and/or prosecutor are on a fishing expedition. As a result of this, the former minister’s name is tarnished; his family is faced with shame and ridicule without any proven guilt. Yes, he is now released, days after the date he was to be released, but the damage is already done. In a small society as St. Maarten that damage is irreversible.

Another example of irreversible damage by casting judgment is the case of another former minister. The Deputy Prime Minister has come forward and vindicated the former Minister of Health, Labor and Social Affairs, indirectly, for the supposed crime of selling economic rights. He confirmed that permission is not needed from the minister to do this, in the presence of the Parliament of St. Maarten, the media, public and husband of the accused. So if the Deputy Prime Minister, while he was a parliamentarian, was so convinced that she committed a crime and led the charge that eventually forced her to make her seat available; why is he contradicting himself now? What has changed? Is it possible that maybe he has some land of which he’s also considering selling its economic rights as well? Whatever the reason may be her name has been dragged to the ringer and reputation tarnished as well.

However, in light of this vindication she has pledged a comeback to the political arena. Am I surprised? Absolutely, but it goes to show that she won’t allow the victimization and (false) accusations suppress her will to serve. It is probably a bit too soon to predict but the former minister of finance will make a comeback as well. It may very well be the Deputy Prime Minister or the current Minister of Finance to vindicate him.

Johnston Galvens.


Editor’s note:

The parliament does not take decisions about criminal acts; that’s up to the prosecutor’s office and to the independent judge. Former Public Health Minister Buncamper-Molanus had to step down because her fiddling with a piece of leased land was considered unethical and not becoming of a member of the government. She could still become the subject of a criminal investigation.

Former Finance Minister Shigemoto was indeed arrested on suspicion of fraud, money laundering and embezzlement. We figure that the prosecutor’s office does not order such an arrest lightly: there is no smoke without fire.

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