US demands extradition of three suspects – Ex-bodyguard of MP Romain Laville arrested on drugs charges

POSTED: 10/4/13 1:55 PM

Curacao / St. Maarten –Spokesman for the Public Prosecutor’s office in Curacao Norman Serphos confirmed to this newspaper yesterday that three men have been arrested at the request of the District Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York. Though Serphos identified the men only by their initials, one of the men currently in custody is the former bodyguard of Independent MP Romain Laville, Rogelio Gregory Koeiman.

The 45-year-old former police officer was detained in 2010 as a suspect in the carnival murder of musician Gabriel Santos Castil, but he was later released.

The American authorities asked Curacao for the extradition of Koeiman and two others, identified as R.M.R. (48) and G.S. (35) both from Curacao. The district attorney in New York has overwhelming evidence for their involvement in two large drugs transports, one from St. Maarten to the United States and one from Curacao to the States.

The extradition hearing took place yesterday. Because there is a lot of evidence, the court has no reason to block extradition, but the three men have the option to appeal. They could however also decide to cooperate with the American investigation in exchange for a lower sentence.

The prosecutor’s office in Curacao has only limited information about the two drugs transports. Serphos was for instance not allowed to say how big the two shipments were. “It is not our investigation,” he said.

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