Published On: Tue, Jan 28th, 2014

Concerns about Public Prosecution’s capacity

Dutch ParliamentTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – Dutch MPs Roelof van Laar (PvdA) and André Bosman (VVD) are concerned about the capacity of the Public Prosecutor (OM) in Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten. They have asked parliamentary questions to Ministers Ronald Plasterk (Kingdom Relations) and Ivo Opstelten (Justice).

The two MPs want the Ministers to indicate if the OM on the above mentioned islands is sufficiently able to deal with the current situation. Earlier, both Ministers said that the OM is capable of handling the situation. "Will there be, due to the low capacity, matters that the investigation team or the OM cannot handle appropriately? If so, how many cases are we talking about and what type of cases are these?” Van Laar and Bosman wanted to know.

Collaboration

The two MPs also want the Ministers to inform the House about the current state of the Covenant cooperation detective force country Curaçao, Aruba and the Dutch National Police and the arrangement of the Dutch government. "Does offering additional (detective) capability and capacity to the OM in Sint Maarten, Curacao and Aruba take place reactively or also proactively? If not, why not?” Van Laar and Bosman asked.

Gerrit Schotte

In Curaçao the civic organization FAS (Fundashon Akshon Sivil) expressed criticism on the Public Prosecution recently. According to the FAS, the OM is too slow in dealing with their complaint against the former Prime Minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte. The OM defended itself by arguing that they were waiting for the civil survey on the mismanagement of the public companies. There was a raid held at a Schotte’s house on December 9 of last year, but according to the civil organization, this had nothing to do with them.

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