Published On: Wed, Sep 7th, 2016

Court hearing murder Wiels feeds speculation about political motives of perpetrators

Helmin WielsWILLEMSTAD – Who gave the order to murder the popular Curaçao politician Helmin Wiels on May 5, 2013? The assassin Elvis K. was previously sentenced to life in August 2014. But identifying and condemning the sponsors of this assassination runs less smoothly.

Today there is a pre-trial in the criminal proceedings against Burney 'Nini' Fonseca. The Prosecution sees him as the link between the clients and the assassins. In this session, which began at 9 am there will be perhaps more clarity about the circumstances of the murder and who, according to justice, were involved.

The murder of Wiels, in broad daylight on the beach of Marie Pampoen is more than three years later, still an open wound. Such a thing had never happened before on the island, which is an autonomous country within the Dutch Kingdom since October 10, 2010. Parliamentary elections will be held on September 30 and the people on the island eagerly awaits whether the Prosecution will name politicians or financiers of political parties as suspects.

Shortly before his death, Wiels said he was going to reveal certain things about irregularities in the SMS lottery system. It is suggested that he was killed for this announcement he made. Because the court case against the intellectual authors of the murder is taking so long to start, the wildest stories doing the rounds.

The Prosecution suspects mighty men of involvement. Last Friday a document was leaked which indicated that the Prosecution also has former Minister of Justice Elmer Wilsoe of the Pueblo Soberano as one of the suspects. Wilsoe had a meeting with Helmin Wiels on the day of the murder. During a press conference held on Tuesday, the former Minister denied that he had anything to do with the death of the popular politician.

Since the summer of 2014 justice also included two brothers of involvement, lottery boss Robbie dos Santos and former Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin of the political party MFK, the party of former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte. According to the Prosecution, Nini Fonseca, exchanged several SMS with the suspect Jamaloodin. But according to their defense, the two men had contact because Nini Fonseca was MFK’s campaign manager.

There is no case yet against these two. Recently Jamaloodin requested his name to be removed from the suspects list.

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