Three Dutch persons added to committee investigating St. Maarten Govt.’s integrity and corruption

POSTED: 10/31/13 11:17 AM

St. Maarten – Rieke Samson-Geerlings, Ronald Bandell and Erik van den Eemster have been appointed to the committee that will investigate integrity and corruption in St. Maarten. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams revealed the names at yesterday’s press briefing.

Earlier Justice Bob Wit, St. Maarten’s Cft-member Richard Gibson Sr. and retired banker Jan Beaujon were appointed to the committee.

The 61-year-old Samson-Geerlings is a former public prosecutor and a retired attorney-general, best known as the chairman of a committee that investigated sexual abuse of minors.

Erik van den Emster (63) is the retired chairman of the Council for Administration of Justice.

Ronald Bandell is well-known to St. Maarten. The former mayor of “Dordrecht is the chairman of the Progress Committee.

Wescot-Williams said that the government has formalized the assignment to the committee in a ministerial decree. All ministers with the exception of the absent Cornelius de Weever, signed the decree during the regular Council of Ministers meeting on Tuesday.

The ministerial decree will be published in the National Gazette. It will list the names of the committee-members and describe its tasks.

There has been no further news about the way Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday is executing the royal decree of September 30 that instructs him to order an integrity investigation. At present, the governor has “nothing to add” on this issue. The royal decree instructs the governor to deliver a report to Kingdom Relations Minister Plasterk within six months and to give an update about the investigation’s progress after three months.

The royal decree went into effect on October 1, so the deadline for the interim update is January 1. So far, the governor’s cabinet has not released any information about how its goes about the investigation or who has been charged with its execution.

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