Published On: Fri, Feb 19th, 2016

Emotional end Babel case

SchotteWILLEMSTAD – The second and last hearing in the Babel case has now ended. Around eleven thirty this morning the reactions of the public prosecutor on the reply from the defense lawyer Eldon 'Peppie' Sulvaran and Sulvaran’s response to that ended.

It was striking that the two suspects, Gerrit Schotte and his partner Cicely van der Dijs, spoke at the end of the session, after they had previously used their right to silence. Both of them were very emotional and said that what they have experienced in the past two years has been very serious and stressful. Both Schotte and Van der Dijs spoke about character assassination by the Public Defender.

Schotte ended with an apology: “If I could change anything, I would have finished school. But I was a kid, not a criminal. I still have the dream of positively contributing to my country Curaçao.”

Schotte and Van der Dijs also said to worry about the emotional consequences of the case for their daughter. Finally, Van der Dijs said she hoped that both can get a fair trial and that justice will prevail.

The sentencing will be on March 11.

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