Published On: Fri, Mar 6th, 2015

Bribery by politician former Netherlands Antilles

Patrick-IllidgePHILLIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – The former Minister of the Netherlands Antilles and Member of Parliament in Sint Maarten, Patrick Ilidge was sentenced on Friday.

He received a prison sentence of eighteen months for bribery, six months suspended, with probation for two years and disqualification from the active and passive suffrage for five years. He was bribed by a Dutch nightclub owner, whom he helped arrange licenses of prostitutes and relaxation of opening hours.

Recordings of the bribery were caught on security cameras in the nightclub. Which were delivered anonymously in 2013 by the editor of a local newspaper, after they appeared on the internet.

The nightclub owner, Jaap van den Heuvel, was convicted of bribery, tax evasion, money laundering, trafficking and forgery. He received a sentence of 42 months of which twelve suspended, with probation for two years. His company has been convicted of tax evasion, trafficking and money laundering to a fine of 1.5 million Antillean guilders (about 730,000 euros).

Nightclub Manager, Krijn van de Burg, has been sentenced to a term of nine months suspended for the trafficking of women, with probation for two years and as a special condition to perform a service of 240 hours.

St Maarten has, according to several investigations, many problems with fraud and corruption. Minister Ronald Plasterk of Interior and Kingdom Relations has recently taken steps to improve the integrity of the government.

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