St. Maarten Harbor cooperates with investigationPOSTED: 08/6/15 7:05 PM
St. Maarten -The investigation into the Harbor Group of Companies is moving forward and the harbor will cooperate according to the Public Prosecutor’s Office. On July 13, prosecutors requested information about the policies and course of affairs from the St. Maarten Harbor Holding NV and from its closely linked companies.
“We have received a written reaction from the law firm HBN Law stating that the Harbor Company is willing to cooperate,” press prosecutor Karola van Nie said yesterday. There will be further discussions with the law firm about the way the requested information will be provided. The Public Prosecutor’s Office may obtain information regarding the policies of the legal entity and the course of its affairs. The harbor is obliged to provide the information and to allow inspection of its books, documents and other data carriers.
The prosecutor’s office initiated this civil investigation based on signals from the community and based on the integrity reports from the Bob Wit-Committee and PricewaterhouseCooopers.
The Harbor Group has been quiet about the investigation and has been considering the way forward since the prosecutor’s office informed the company about it. The investigation concerns the corporate governance of the port authority in a broad sense and addresses issues, amongst others, about compliance with the law, compliance with the statutes, transparency, and some specific issues, including the course of affairs with regard to the construction of the Simpson Bay Causeway. The prosecutor’s office emphasizes that this is a civil and not a criminal investigation.