Published On: Fri, Mar 15th, 2013

First citations in fraud case “Operashon Bientu”

Court houseWILLEMSTAD – The first citation to appear in court will go out this coming Monday to those accused in the fraud case “Operashon Bientu”. A Dutch expert has assisted the Public Prosecution in this complex case.

The Investigation Cooperation Team (RST) completed the investigation of the case Bientu in early August. Although the Public Prosecutor (OM) has already stated that the case is almost ready to be treated, it is still seven months since the investigations were finished and still no hearing in court.

“It’s a mega case. We are working hard on it, but it’s not finished yet,”  was declared by Norman Serphos, spokesman of the Public Prosecution, last year November.  Serphos was not able to give more details on the case. A special officer was assigned to this case and there was also assistance from the Netherlands in this “mega case”. The case, which opened in 2008, revolves around lottery boss Robbie dos Santos. he is suspected of money laundering, forgery and tax fraud.

In the framework of the research is on July 12, 2011 a search conducted on five addresses in Curaçao and three in St. Maarten. A month later Dos Santos’ bank accounts at the UBS Bank in Miami in the United States were seized.  These funds, an estimated $ 46 million, come from foreign companies established by Dos Santos in the British Virgin Islands. The federal judge in the U.S. granted the request made by Attorney General (PG) Dick Piar.

Former Minister of Finance, Dos Santos’ half brother, George Jamaloodin was also investigated. He is also a suspect in the case. In October 2011, Robbie dos Santos returned to Curacao and was detained and interrogated for six hours, afterwards he was released. After his bank accounts were seized, Dos Santos filed a case against the OM to lift the seizure on his accounts but to no avail. The seizure remains valid until the criminal investigation is finished.

The former Minister of Justice Elmer Wilsoe (PS) then proceeds to interfere with the case. Unbeknownst to the Attorney General, Wilsoe requests in a letter to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to lift the seizure on Dos Santos’ bank accounts. In early May there follows a memo from former Minister Wilsoe to Parliament. Wilsoe wants cessation of the investigation, which according to him, is illegal. In the same memo Wilsoe expressed that he has no more confidence in the Attorney General Dick Piar. The Council of Ministers strongly condemns Wilsoe’s actions. During the meeting of the four Ministers of Justice in the Dutch Kingdom, the Dutch Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten reprimands Wilsoe for his mingling with the case. The Minister of Kingdom Relations of the time, Liesbeth Spies, met with the then Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte and Wilsoe on this issue but to no avail. Finally, the letter to the United States is withdrawn and Piar stays as Attorney General.

According to information, there will be multiple citations on Monday. In this case, the principle suspect will receive a citation together with all those who “helped” in this fraud process.

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