Schotte: “Criminal proceedings are hateful witch hunt”
WILLEMSTAD - The criminal case which began on Friday against former Prime Minister of Curaçao, Gerrit Schotte, is “a hateful witch hunt led by the Dutch.” This is according to the suspect of money laundering and leader of the largest opposition party Movement for the Future of Curaçao (MFK).
The Prosecution suspects Schotte and partner Cicely van der Dijs of money laundering and forgery. The 40 year old Schotte says that he will come out stronger from the legal battle.
“I can go for a long time,” said the politician, who was deposed in 2012 as prime minister.
According to the Dutch Member of Parliament for the Socialist Party, Ronald van Raak this lawsuit is not a witch hunt, but the first attack of the OM against the Gambling mob which according to him has infiltrated the island's politics.
“It eventually comes to large casino and lottery bosses. The suspicion is these people have made themselves guilty of money laundering through casinos in Curaçao and Sint Maarten.”