Central Bank files complaint against Public Prosecution
WILLEMSTAD - In the context of the criminal investigation against Mr. Tromp, the Public Prosecution (OM) has conducted a search at the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten on October 6 of this year. During this search the OM has seized many data which falls under the legal obligation of professional secrecy of the Bank and do not concern Mr. Tomp’s private dealings.
Under the law, an authorization of the Common Court of Justice is required for a search and seizure at the Bank. The legislature has made this demand, considering the supervisory function of the Bank and to protect the confidentiality of Bank information provided, including that of supervised financial institutions. The present search and seizure took place, in the opinion of the Bank, without the legal required permission and the Banks objects against this action.
The Bank considers it, for future cases, and given the importance of the legal secrecy, that it is desirable to obtain clarification from the court on the legal terms of a search and seizure at the Bank. For this reason, the Bank has filed a complaint at the Court of First Instance. This complaint is expected to be treated by the court on October 31.
The Bank emphasizes that, in compliance with its confidentiality, it fully cooperates with the criminal investigation against Mr. Tromp in private.