De Telegraaf: “Is Gerrit Schotte a money launderer?”
WILLEMSTAD - The Public Prosecutor is examining whether the lottery tickets sold by Gerrit Schotte for his party MFK can be allowed. The investigation is independent of the case against the former prime minister for money laundering, which was postponed today till November this year.
Citizen Arthur Donkers filed a lawsuit last year against the Movementu Futuro Korsou (MFK) because, according to him, the organization does not have a license for public gambling. “There is no qualified stamp on the lottery tickets, which you can find on any other lottery tickets in Curaçao. Something here is not right,” said Donkers.
The Public Prosecutor confirms now that this method of fundraising by the main opposition party of Curacao is being scrutinized. “We're working on it,” says a spokesperson. “Whether they have broken the rules, I cannot say.”
This investigation is an additional setback for Schotte, who also appeared in court this morning because of the suspicion of money laundering. The former prime minister used his life’s partner’s bank account have two hundred thousand dollars deposited for him. That money came from the casino business Betplus from Sint Maarten. According to the Public Prosecutor this is forgery and money laundering.
MFK’s lottery can also be a form of money laundering, fears citizen Ruben Suriel. “Who says how many lottery tickets are actually sold? Is it all behind the scenes?” said the former campaigner against government Schotte. Suriel welcomes the investigation.
The MFK has invariably organized the most exuberant election campaigns of Curacao in recent years, which indicated generous funders. Several times a year the MFK raffles several cars. Lottery tickets cost just five Antillean guilders each. This Thursday there is the opportunity again to win a brand new SUV, as indicated on Schotte’s Facebook page.
The MFK leader himself denies that there is anything wrong with the fundraising. “I'm not above the law,” he responds to the question whether the MFK have the appropriate permission.
By Edwin Timmer