UP-candidate declines to comment on possible prosecution: Maria Buncamper-Molanus stays mum

POSTED: 07/13/14 9:25 PM

St. Maarten – UP-candidate Maria Buncamper-Molanus reacted after all to this newspaper’s questions about the status of her legal predicaments. Well after midnight, so in the early morning hours of Friday her PR-manager Mike Granger responded to the questions, but the answers made clear that the candidate does not wish to discuss the potential fallout from the 2010 Eco Green scandal.

“Mrs. Buncamper-Molanus maintains her approach to this matter of not discussing or debating the issue in the media and maintains the stance that she has done nothing illegal and will let the process run its course,” was all the answer the candidate provided to our specific questions.
As things stand now, there still is no clarity about the possible criminal investigation against Buncamper-Molanus. Ever since this newspaper revealed how the former commissioner and later minister sold the economic ownership of a piece of land she held in long lease for $3 million to Eco Green NV. This bogus company was established three days before Buncamper-Molanus and her husband Claudius signed the deed at the office of the controversial notary Gijsbertha. The director of Eco Green is Theodore Oniel Walters, a retired employee of public works where Claudius Buncamper was in charge at the time.
When Buncamper-Molanus stepped down on December 23, 2010, under enormous pressure from her party – the DP – she stated in parliament “that no money has changed hands.” That put the notarial deed in a funny light, because that document emphatically states that a Eco Green made a down payment of $1.6 million and that the rest would be paid in 90 monthly installments of $18,750.
Since the story broke, the prosecutor’s office has repeatedly confirmed that it would investigate the case – most likely on money laundering aspects – but Buncamper-Molanus has never been labeled as a suspect. The attorney-general at the time, Dick Piar, gave the green light for the investigation. In April, Chief Prosecutor Rick Noordhoek said in an interview with Today that he was not ready to give up on the investigation. As a reason for the delay, the prosecutor’s office has repeatedly referred to a lack of financial expertise.
Buncamper-Molanus, obviously frustrated with the lack of decisiveness, has now petitioned the court for a solution. No statements have been made about the nature of the petition but it stands to reason that Buncamper-Molanus has demanded that the prosecutor’s office finally closes the book on the scandal.
Petitions to the court are handled behind closed doors and unlike verdicts in criminal and civil cases, the decision the court takes is not made available to the media.

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