Published On: Tue, Nov 12th, 2013

Report Pretu: Navarro will not resign

Nelson NavarroWILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro, is accountable in Parliament for the death of Luigi 'Pretu' Florentina and the investigation surrounding this case. Pretu was the second suspect in the murder of the late political leader and Member of Parliament, Helmin Wiels. Pretu’s body was found dead in his cell in Barber in September of this year.

In late September, a committee was installed to investigate the nature and extent of the security and surveillance measures taken in connection with the detention of Pretu. According to the investigation there was no proper security for this prisoner. The staff was not qualified and did not get any instructions from their authorities. The communication within the police corps and the Public Prosecution (OM) left much to be desired.

No instructions

The committee also points to Navarro who did not give instructions to the authorities at the Justice Department, the police and the prison about the Pretu’s security. According to Navarro, the report does not indicate that he has failed. He will therefore only resign if Parliament sends him home. According to Navarro no one had expected instructions from him and he did not give these because he assumed that the police and the prosecution could handle the transfer themselves. "That is quite normal."

Misinformed

During a press conference Navarro said he was informed by the Police Corps Curaçao after Pretu’s suicide. "This has consequences for those who have deliberately manipulated information," said Navarro. He also found that the police was responsible for the fact that there was only one of the three guards present at the Barber detention center. One guard had called in sick and the second one did not even show up. The Minister is not responsible for that, according to Navarro.

Organized crime

According to the Minister, organized crime has Curacao in its grip and he wants to tackle this together with the other countries within the Kingdom. These plans will be further developed during the four-country consultations in January. Navarro cannot give the exact details, but at least he hopes that 2014 will be a lot safer.

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