Franco formally asks Schotte to step down
WILLEMSTAD - The President of Parliament, Marcolino Franco formally asked the leader of the opposition party MFK, Gerrit Schotte to resign as Member of Parliament. Franco does this at the request of a majority of the parliament.
A total of 12 Members of Parliament signed a letter indicating their feelings about a convict in Parliament. The MPs say that they don't see a convict function in Parliament. Schotte was convicted last Friday by the court of justice here in Willemstad for corruption, money laundering and forgery. Schotte's own party stated during a party meeting that there can be no question of resignation.
They said that Schotte will remain in Parliament until his court sentence is irrevocable. According to Schotte's legal representation they have appealed the court's decision, which means that the case is a total new ball game. Schotte's lawyer said that once again his client is innocent until proven guilty. This means that, according to the lawyer, Schotte can remain in Parliament and also be a candidate in the upcoming election.