Life sentence for murder Helmin Wiels stands in Court of Cassation
WILLEMSTAD - The assassin of the Curaçao politician Helmin Wiels has been finally sentenced to life imprisonment. The Court of Cassation rejected the appeal against the ruling by the Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeals.
The convicted, Elvis 'Monster' Kuwas appealed the decision to have him serve his prison sentence in the Netherlands. He doesn’t have the hope of ever being a free man again. According to his lawyer, this is against the European Convention of the Human Rights which the Netherlands is bound to uphold.
According to the Supreme, Curaçao remains responsible for carrying out the sentence. Therefore Kuwas cannot appeal on that convention.
The convicted Kuwas was sentenced last year to life in prison by the Court of Appeals. The Court of First Instance had already sentenced him to life in prison.
The Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals came to their view because of the seriousness of the facts. Kuwas killed, within a year, three men in cold blood. He was paid 23,000 euros for it.
“All three murders have the character of a liquidation, where the victims were killed mercilessly. The suspect apparently has no respect for human life, but only an eye for his own financial gain,” according to the verdict.
One of the facts that played a major role in the conviction is that Helmin Wiels was a Member of Parliament. He was the leader of the political party Pueblo Soberano.
Wiels was assassinated on May 5, 2013, on the beach of Marie Pampoen. The murder was commissioned by the drug gang No Limit Soldiers from the Koraalspecht neighbourhood.
The assassination led to a shock wave in Curaçao and beyond.
Kuwas is serving his prison sentence in the maximum security prison in Vught, because his safety in the prison in Curaçao is not guaranteed.