Published On: Thu, Jun 18th, 2015

Francesco Corallo may be a witness in Babel case

gerrit-schotte-en-cicely-van-der-dijs-2WILLEMSTAD – During the pretrial of the Babel case, which is the fraud case involving former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte and his partner Cicely van der Dijs as the suspects, Schotte’s lawyer, Peppie Sulvaran requested 46 witnesses to be heard in this case.

On Thursday, the judge rejected the majority of these 46 witnesses. According to the court, these witnesses contribute nothing to the case.

A number of people, including alleged mafia boss Francesco Corallo, may well be heard.Francesco Corallo Interpol

Sulvaran reiterated that the matter Babel is a political conspiracy, in which the prosecution is involved. According to Schotte’s lawyer, just for this reason alone, the case should be dismissed.

Schotte and Van derDijs are accused of money laundering and forgery. As a Member of the Island Council, Schotte had twice received a large sum of money from the Italian casino boss Francesco Corallo. This in exchange for privileges for the casino group. In total it was more than 210,000 dollars. That money was laundered through the firms of Van der Dijs, according to the prosecution.

During the investigation of the case several house searches were carried out in Curaçao, Sint Maarten and even in Italy.

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