Published On: Fri, Nov 9th, 2012

Curacao Intelligence Service operational again

WILLEMSTAD – The Curacao Intelligence Service (VDC) is operational once again. Prime Minister Stanley Betrian has stated this in an interview with the Dutch morning newspaper Antilliaans Dagblad.

According to Betrian the organization was up and running before he was appointed as Prime Minister of an interim government.

Michael Römer, who at this moment serves as VDC’s interim director and crisis manager, must be officially appointed as the new director according to Betrian. The government has requested council on this matter.

Römer was appointed as crisis manager in May this year after former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte (MFK) ordered a complete operational shutdown of the department. The entire personnel was sent home, but had to stay on a standby basis. Schotte described the Intelligence Service as a “leak basket” and decided to put things in order.

According to the former Prime Minister the operational shutdown was necessary to, in corporation with the Dutch Intelligence Service (AIVD), renew and organize the organization. Schotte spoke of a complete restructuring, which would last a few months.

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