Today’s Opinion: Tantalizing investigation

POSTED: 05/25/11 1:20 PM

What is stopping the National Detective Agency from diving straightforward into one of the most tantalizing investigations of the past year? Many people have forgotten about it by now, but the file is still resting patiently on a shelve somewhere in the bowels of the justice system.
The case we’re referring to here is about police officers who sold their vote for the September elections to Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger’s United People’s party. If we are correctly involved, the officers, one of them a member of the VKS, cashed about $300 for each vote.

The police did its own investigation and delivered the results to the office of the public prosecutor. Signed, sealed and delivered, to borrow a popular phrase from one of our political parties.
This is an investigation that could be ready for the courts in a couple of days. And yet … it seems that nothing is happening. September 17 is now exactly 250 days ago, so what is going on here?
Everybody always has a mouthful about how vote buying and selling is wrong. But those are only words. And words without action mean absolutely nothing.
Our by now well-known truth meter formula applies here in full force:
Intention + Action = Result.
Therefore:
Action + Result = Intention.
Because there is, after 250 days, no result, we can be pretty sure that there was and is no intention to take action.
Several reasons have been brought up to explain this. First of all, the limited capacity at the National Detective Agency, aka de Landsrecherche. Question: how much capacity is needed to deal with an investigation that has already been almost completed?
The other thorny issue is of course that there are not only vote sellers involved in this story; there are also there are also buyers –correction: there is a buyer. The sellers are a couple of hapless police officers, but with the buyer law enforcement enters tricky territory – the realm of the United People’s party, Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger and the President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell.
If the party bought only a quarter of the 4936 votes the UP won in September it would have required a substantial capital of around $370,000 – but to get one’s hands on the seats of power it is probably by comparison relatively cheap. It equals for instance, the annual salary of just three parliamentarians.
We’re not sure what the line of thinking is on this subject at the prosecutor’s office, but if we may make an educated guess we’d say that the obvious involvement of the party of our Vice Prime Minister has stopped the whole process dead in its tracks.
That’s not good and everybody knows it. It is true that time heals all wounds, but time will not make this blemish on our democratic system go away. We think it is about time to get this show on the road, even if it means that only half the investigation (the side of the vote sellers) will be dealt with.
After all, the file is ready and it probably only needs some touching up at the level of the National Detective Agency.
And once we get this little problem out of the way, the time has come to deal with that other case that is so handsomely gathering dust: the sale of the economic ownership of a piece of land on Pond Island by former Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus and her husband Claudius to the bogus company Eco-Green for $3 million.
In the meantime, we figure that the investigation into the embezzlement with money for business trips by civil servants and politicians at the Tourist Bureau will soon come to its inevitable conclusion.

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