Published On: Wed, Jan 1st, 2014

Dutch armed soldiers give assistance to Curacao police

Palace of the GovernorWILLEMSTAD - Dutch soldiers gave assistance to the police of Curacao during New Year's Eve. This was decided at a meeting between Prime Minister Ivar Asjes, Governor George Lucille Wout and Brigadier Dick Swijgman.

A spokesman for the Coast Guard confirms that soldiers from the 17th Infantry Battalion from Oirschot installed roadblocks at the road leading to the Barber neighborhood on the western side of the island.

Defense Department has not made any announcement yet about the nature of the assistance to the police. The police and the Minister of Justice of Curacao didn’t comment on the issue either.

Wiels’ murder suspect

Media reports that the military assistance is about the police station at Barber. That is currently being monitored by the special arrest team. Insofar as is known there is one of the suspects in the murder of Helmin Wiels, Dangelo D. being held there. During the first court hearing in December, the Prosecution made ​​it clear that it feared for his life if he was to be transferred to another location.

In September LuiganoFlorentina, aka Pretu hanged himself in the police holding station at Barber. He was also a suspect in the murder case Wiels and had just been transferred from the heavily guarded naval barracks in Suffisant.

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