Prosecutor Rip: “Schotte’s case is not a political repression”
WILLEMSTAD – Prosecutor Gert Rip started his reply this morning on behalf of the Public Prosecution to the statements made by Eldon Sulvaran during the first day of the court hearings in the Babel case. Babel is the name of the case against former Prime Minister of Curaçao, Gerrit Schotte and his life partner Cicely van der Dijs.
Rip indicated this morning that all the Public Prosecution (OM) tries to find in a case is the truth. “With all respect to the work done by the defense lawyers, OM believes that nothing that was brought up yesterday indicates that the OM has failed in this case. All those named, the Governor, OM, Orco Bank, Minister of Justice and even the Public Relations Officer for the OM, according to Rip, have nothing to do with the case.”
“The Public Prosecutor decided to prosecute Mr. Schotte and this is not a political repression. The OM does not persecute politicians neither members of the MFK party. The only reason is that they are being prosecuted is because they have done something wrong,” said Rip in his reply this morning.
The OM is also not guilty of trial by media. The investigation started completely legal. The investigation started in November 2012 in Rome and was finished in 2013.
Rip also indicates that the defense argues that they funds received by Corallo were not gifts but fundraising. “Fundraising must meet two conditions. The first is it must be done transparently and secondly it must come directly to the political party. The gifts they received were not transparent and the money vanished in pockets of the two suspects privately and not on behalf of the political party MFK.