Published On: Tue, Jun 13th, 2017

Former Premier says to be innocent in corruption case

Schotte_Van der DijsWILLEMSTAD - Former Prime Minister of Curaçao Gerrit Schotte said on Monday, the first day of substantive hearing of the appeal in the Babel case, that he is innocent.

In this case, Schotte was sentenced in 2016 to three years in prison and five years not allowed to exercise his passive electoral right for, among other things, corruption, money laundering and forgery.

Also, Schott's life partner Cicely van der Dijs was convicted. She also declared on Monday to be innocent.

The court found last year that Schotte had taken money from an Italian businessman living in St. Maarten, Francesco Corallo. In addition, false invoices were sent from Van der Dijs' company. According to Schotte, Corallo used to be a friend. Schotte denied that he had anything to do with the invoices.

The lawyer of the couple, Geert-Jan Knoops, stated at the outset that the court had to be declared inadmissible. Two anonymous emails would have given rise to the investigation in the Babel case. According to Knoops, it is unclear whether the two anonymous emails that led to the investigation actually existed. He did not convince the Court. The hearing continues today.

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