Published On: Thu, Jun 15th, 2017

Former Prime Minister sees himself as a victim of political process

Gerrit-Schotte-Cicely-van-der-DijsWILLEMSTAD - Former Prime Minister of Curaçao Gerrit Schotte said on Wednesday at the end of the appeal of his criminal case that he is the victim of a politically motivated process.

“Everything has been taken out of their context!” Schotte said that all he did was raise money and get donations for his political party MFK. According to the former Prime Minister, “no one ever expected anything in return.”

The Public Prosecution (OM) accuses him of corruption, bribery, forgery and money laundering. The Court of First Instance convicted Schotte of these charges. He received money from Francesco Corallo, an Italian businessman who lives in Sint Maarten and who is also behind bars awaiting his extradition to his home country.

The OM again demands the same punishment as in the Court of First Instance and the revocation of his passive voting rights.

Schotte’s life partner, Cicely van der Dijs, received 18 months of which nine is conditional.

Van der Dijs told the court it was “hard to see that my husband who is committed to Curaçao is being sentenced as a criminal.”

The court will pronounce sentencing on July 21.

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