Babel case postponed, three witnesses have not been heard
WILLEMSTAD - The substantive hearing of the Babel case, in which former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte and his partner Cicely van der Dijs stand trial on suspicion of money laundering, has been postponed. This was ruled by the judge today.
The case was supposed to begin today, but the Court announced today that the trial will take place on November 4 and 6 of this year. The reason for the postponement is that there are three witnesses who have not been heard yet. This must go through a mutual assistance request since they are abroad.
One of those witnesses is Francesco Corallo, the casino boss who was put on the list by Gerrit Schotte and his lawyer Eldon Sulvaran. Corallo has relied on his right to remain silent, but Sulvaran withdrew that unconditionally.