Published On: Tue, Jul 29th, 2014

Curacao police detain man in politician’s killing

WielsWILLEMSTAD - Police in Curacao have arrested the owner of a lottery business in connection with the 2013 killing of the prominent opposition lawmaker, Helmin Wiels.

Authorities said Tuesday that Robby dos Santos has been detained, though he has not been charged.

He is the second person arrested in the case in less than a week. Police on Thursday arrested former Finance Minister George Jamaloodin as part of the investigation. Former minister, Carlos Monk was also interrogated in this case, but was able to leave afterwards.

Parliament member Helmin Wiels was shot five times on a public beach in broad daylight in May 2013. The 54-year-old politician was the leader of the Pueblo Soberano political party, which supports Curacao's independence from the Netherlands.

Authorities have not revealed a motive.

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