Published On: Wed, Feb 25th, 2015

Dutch Parliament discusses VDC in March

Dutch ParliamentWILLEMSTAD – The Ministers of Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk and of Justice Ivo Opstelten will have to appear before parliament in March to explain the situation with the Secret Service of Curaçao (VDC) and the relationship between the underworld and politics in Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten and also the support of the Dutch law enforcement for these islands.

This was decided by the Parliamentary Committee for Kingdom Relations on Wednesday this week.

The Initiator, the MP for the Socialist Party (SP), Ronald van Raak, is worried about the possible leaking of secret documents of the VDC, but also the legal and illegal gambling. Van Raak is not satisfied with the answers, which have been given by Minister Plasterk up until now.

MP for D66, Wassila Hachchi made the suggestion to also invite Opstelten for information on the state of affairs with regards to cooperation in the field of law enforcement. The Ministers of Justice of the islands signed various agreements during the last Judicial Four Parties Consultation and the MP wants more information about the results of that conference.

The two ministers will receive the opportunity to explain the situation in a letter to the MPs, but they will still have to appear before parliament as planned. The ministers may indicate whether they want the meeting to be behind closed doors.

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