No judges from the Netherlands in appeal case Babel
WILLEMSTAD – There will be no judges from the Netherlands to initiate the appeal case of former Prime Minister of Curaçao Gerrit Schotte and his life partner Cicely van der Dijs. This is the well known case Babel. This was announced by the President of the Joint Court of Justice, Mr. Evert Jan van der Poel.
Schotte’s lawer Eldon Sulvaran did ask the court to indicate the reason for this decision. Gerrit Schotte’s team do not have confidence in local judges, according to Sulvaran. Van der Poel said that judges from the Netherlands without appointment are not authorized to preside over cases on the islands.
There is still no scheduled date for the appeal case Babel. Schotte was sentenced to three years prison in the court of first instance. He immediately appealed his case which means he doesn’t have to serve in prison time until his case comes before the court again.
Schotte was sentenced for corruption, bribery, forgery and money laundering. Next to three years in prison, he is also not allowed to be a candidate in any elections for five years.