Published On: Thu, Mar 12th, 2015

Fuss about ‘terrorists’ in parliament

Zita-Jesus-LeitoWILLEMSTAD – “If the Sanction law is not adopted, it will be because there are terrorists in this hall.” With these words, the Member of Parliament for the opposition party PAR, Zita Jesus-Leito, caused much controversy in parliament during the Central Committee meeting, where several representatives of the off financial sector were present.

The guests had the opportunity to express themselves on the proposal for amendment of the sanctions law that is currently on the table. The government wants this revision, in accordance with the guidelines of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) in the context of the fight against international terrorism.

During the first treatment of this law, a majority in parliament rejected this amendment, because they considered that it would affect Curaçao’s autonomy. Jesus-Leito MP argued again in favor of the law. She asked who can be against a law that is firmly committed against terrorism, money laundering and terrorist financing. It was in this context that she stated “if this law does not pass, then there are terrorists in this parliament hall.”

According to the MP voting against it is a terrorist act against the people of Curacao, which will lead to more poverty and job losses. This expression was not well received by coalition party PS, which is against the current wording of the law.

MP for the coalition party PS, Elmer 'Kade' Wilsoe wondered why the President of Parliament did not intervene in this case. Wilsoe emphasized that he is against international terrorism and money laundering, "because we have no money to launder" but that his party has clearly stated to be against the current legislative amendment.

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