Published On: Thu, Oct 11th, 2012

Donner did nothing with information on Schotte’s link to mafia

THE HAGUE/WILLEMSTAD – The member of parliament in the Netherlands, Ronal van Raak demanded some answers from the Minister of Kingdom Relations, Liesbeth Spies on why former Minister of Kingdom Relations, Piet Hein Donner did nothing with the information that former Prime Minister of Curacao was linked to the Sicilian mafia. The MP wants clarity on the situation.

During the parliament meeting where issues in the Kingdom were discussed, Van Raak said that he had received different documents in his mail from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which describes the relation between Schotte and the Sicilian mafia. Van Raak even had the documents with him during the meeting.

According to Van Raak, from these correspondence can derive that the former Minister of Kingdom Relations, Piet Hein Donner, since May 2011, knew about the relation between Schotte and the head of the Sicilian mafia, Francesco Corallo. Van Raak wants an answer today before 12 o’clock (Dutch time). The MP wants to know why Donner did nothing with this information.

Furthermore Van Raak indicates that Corallo was one of the major financers of Schotte’s campaign. That is the reason why he wanted to appoint the Italian in such a high position at the Central Bank.

“I want to know if the Minister is in agreement with me that on the basis of these material, the tax information, that Schotte could never have become minister”, according to Van Raak.

The MP’s Colleague Van Dam reacted immediately requesting the documents Van Raak had in his possession and distribute it to the rest of the MP’s.  Van Dam said that it is customary that these documents are distributed to the Second Chamber. Van Raak answered that it is his intention to share these documents with the rest of parliament, but that the President of Parliament did not want them. Even the Dutch Prime Minister refused to take these documents.

The President of Parliament indicated that after the meeting she will take a look at the documents and take not of them and see if the need to be distributed.

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