Published On: Thu, Jul 31st, 2014

OM files complaint against Peterson

ProsecutionWILLEMSTAD - The Public Prosecutor (OM) has filed a complaint with the Board of Trustees and the Dean of the Bar Association against Chester Peterson. He is the lawyer of George Jamaloodin in the case of Maximus. The complaint is about its press release earlier this week.

“In the press release Peterson has quoted information from the investigation file while he was not entitled to do so… “The prosecutor presented a warrant mitigation measures to the defendant GRMJ (Jamaloodin)”... A lawyer is bound by the order to adhere in the same manner to the restrictions as his client. He cannot and should not talk about the case with others, including his office colleagues. Peterson was aware of the imposed restrictions. In the opinion of the Public Prosecutor, Peterson intention with the press release was to attempt to influence the investigation, OM writes in their complaint.

Limitations

Due to the limitations Jamaloodin must not come into contact with others. He may not speak about the case. The reason for this is to prevent witnesses and suspects to adapt their statements to each other’s ('collusion danger "). The suspect is allowed to talk to his lawyer.

Witness

Peterson in his press release also “wiped the floor” with the credibility and reliability of the witnesses. “Expressing such opinions belong in the courtroom and not in the media. Mr. Peterson has mentioned witnesses by name in his press release, and has passed judgment on them. By doing so, people have been deliberately harmed,” the prosecution said.

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