Shigemoto denies link between firing and complaint filing

POSTED: 04/8/11 11:51 AM

P.M.: “He was notified of the intention.”

GREAT BAY – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto confirmed on Wednesday that the government has fired of Bas Roorda as Interim Head of the Finance Department and denied a link between the sacking and any role Roorda played in whatever form with respect to any probe and whatever findings related to senior staff at the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.

“It is ridiculous for whomever to insinuate this. It is baseless and without any grounds. We are not a banana republic. The public prosecutor’s office has its role to play. We are a country governed by laws and nobody is above the law,” Shigemoto said.

“The Council of Ministers did not fire the Interim Head of Finance because he allegedly filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutors Office with respect to any alleged wrong doings of other government officials. That is absurd,” Hiro Shigemoto said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, who is responsible for personnel, said as far as she knows Roorda was fired followed the regulations as laid down in the Civil Service Regulation (LMA).

“He was notified of the intention. But of course that matter being where it is I will just leave it to that general statement,” Wescot-Williams said at Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing.


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