Published On: Thu, Dec 6th, 2018

Schotte’s father: “Gerrit fought for justice”

DSC_0032WILLEMSTAD - A few hundred people have accompanied former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte to prison. Schotte has been sentenced to 3 years in prison. He may also not participate in any election for parliament for a period of five years after he served his prison sentence.

Schotte was convicted for bribery, forgery and money laundering both in the Court of First Instance and in appeal. His sentence was maintained in cassation.

At the time, the court found that Schotte had taken money from Francesco Corallo, an Italian casino boss on St. Maarten. The money was used for an election campaign of the political party founded by Schotte, the Movementu Futuro Kòrsou.

For the father of Gerrit Schotte, Hendrik Schotte, it is a sad day. “He fought for justice without any weapon. Even his words were full of respect towards his opponents. Now that is he in prison his back bench can continue with his fight. He created his party to fight for democracy and more autonomy. Gerrit never spoke with other colleagues about independence but about more democracy for the island,” said Schotte’s father during the march to prison.

According to Mr. Schotte Sr., the former Netherlands Antilles had more democracy than what Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten have now.

Schotte Sr. also believes that what is happening with his son is a political persecution. “He has done nothing. He has presented all the papers, all the evidence, everything they have asked for and he was still sent to prison.”

Schotte’s next step is to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights. But Schotte Sr. thinks that the ruling of that court might take three years. “I hope it happens sooner but I don’t believe it. They have too many cases to take care of there.”

Schotte Sr. will now put more energy in his son’s party, the MFK, and fight against the oppressors.

Photo: Schotte and his followers on their way to prison (copyright: Curaçao Chronicle)

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