Dutch Parliament finds investigation into gambling sector inadequate
WILLEMSTAD - The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament expressed their dissatisfaction with the written replies by the Minister of Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk on a kingdom-wide investigation into links between the underworld, the gambling industry and the government in Curacao and St. Maarten.
The Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations then emphasized that he considers the investigation important.
The House asked the Dutch government last month to investigate the flow of funds between the underworld and politicians on both islands.
Plasterk wrote however, that there is already quite a lot of attention to this case in the Curaçao project on financial and economic crime. Additionally the four Ministers of Justice of Curacao, Aruba, St. Maarten and the Netherlands hope to reach an agreement in June on a more structured cooperation.
The Dutch Member of Parliament for the Socialist Party, Ronald van Raak, who is also a member of the Standing Committee on Kingdom Relations was very disappointed. He stated that in the minister’s letter it seems as if the government is not interested in this case. “Did the mafia win? Will we really investigate the flow of money between the underworld and the government of these islands? Van Raak asked.